UK Drivers May Face a Fine Due to This MOT Rule Change

Mechanic and driver inspecting engine while MOT results discussed.

During the first Coronavirus Lockdown, thousands of drivers benefited from a 6 month MOT extension. However, once this ended on August 1st, it was a countdown until the last cars’ extensions ended. Now, every car with an MOT expiry date on or before the 31st July 2020 must have passed an MOT to still be legal on UK roads.

From February 1st, many thousands of drivers may lose their MOT certificate now that the MOT extensions are no longer valid.

Any car which received an MOT extension, and hasn’t since had the required test, is now illegal to drive on UK roads. Drivers who rely on MOT reminder emails might not have been contacted and so risk a £1,000 fine every time they get behind the wheel.

Drivers must keep their cars in a reasonable and roadworthy condition, which means booking an annual MOT Test. 37% of drivers fail every year, and there are thousands of unsafe cars on the road. You must book your MOT before the expiry date, or face an additional £2,500 fine if your car is found to be in an unroadworthy condition.

 

car mechanics examining clipboard with new MOT rule change included
A key MOT rule has changed – if your car hasn’t had it’s test, or it’s due soon, you must book it today!

 

Fortunately, all garages on Book My Garage’s network are still open during the third UK Lockdown. There is no MOT extension this time, so you must book a test if your MOT expires in the coming weeks. Many of our garages offer ‘no-contact’ collection and delivery to help keep everyone safe, especially those self-isolating. Just compare our directory today to find the perfect garage near you, and make sure your MOT is completed on time.

If you missed the deadline from the extension, you can only drive your car to a pre-booked MOT appointment. If you’re not sure when your MOT is due, use our free MOT check!

 

For more information about the MOT process, check out our Ultimate MOT Guide!

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.