Drivers warned that idle vehicles will still need an MOT in the third national lockdown

Mechanic inspecting car during vehicle safety check

Drivers are being urged to ensure their cars have an  MOT, despite vehicles sitting idle during the third national lockdown.


While drivers may be tempted to delay vehicle maintenance until restrictions are lifted, cars that are not being used regularly are often more in need of a service, according to the AA.


The UK’s largest  breakdown cover provider stated that cars sat idle for long periods of time can develop a range of issues, such as battery faults, seized brakes and flat tyres.


The government confirmed that despite the new lockdown restrictions, enforced from Tuesday last week, MOT and servicing centres are an essential service and remain open.


This means, unlike in the first national lockdown back in March last year, there will be no MOT extension.


Karen Rotberg, Co-Founder of, commented: “It is a common misconception that mileage is the only thing that matters when it comes to vehicle maintenance. Time is a huge factor, too, and cars that aren’t used for longer periods often need more attention.


“Several components are prone to failure when a car is idle, and at a time when it may feel logical to delay maintenance, it is important for car owners to follow advice by ensuring their cars have a valid MOT and are serviced on time, avoiding a potentially bigger bill further down the line.”

Mandy Weston

Mandy Weston

Mandy is an ex-mechanic, with 22 years’ experience in the motor industry. As an in-house motoring expert, Mandy is the go-to woman for any relevant questions that our customers have; both garages and drivers. From specific problems with your car to general maintenance, Mandy is a reliable source of information and advice. Her passion for motoring is a huge factor to her success and the huge wealth of knowledge that she has. She now uses her remarkable grasp of the industry to write regular content for our readers to help drivers understand their car better, avoid being ripped off by garages and save money on their motoring requirements.