Change in MOT rules - what does this mean to you?

21 Posted: 21st Apr 2020
Change in MOT rules - what does this mean to you?

Any MOT due on or after 30th March 2020 has been automatically extended by 6 months. This to help keep as many people as possible safe in their homes and reduce the spread of the virus. But what does this mean for our customers and what are the implications? THIS IS AN IMPORTANT READ

  • Many Wilson and Co customers have been making contact with our teams on site to ask about the new ruling on the MOT Test. We have put together a guide below and we are here to help if you have any questions - please just give us a call.


  • How the 6 month extension works

    Your vehicle’s MOT expiry date will be automatically extended by 6 months if it’s eligible. This will be done about 7 days before it’s due to expire.

    This means that:

    • Your vehicle will still have a valid MOT certificate for an extra 6 months
    • You can still tax your vehicle - you might need to wait to do this until later in the month if both your MOT and vehicle tax run out this month
    • Your insurance will still be valid
    • Your vehicle’s record will be updated so the police can see you have a valid MOT
    • You will not get a new paper MOT certificate with the new expiry date on it
    • You must still keep your vehicle safe to drive
  • How can you check?

    We are happy to take calls from anyone, whether we have seen your vehicle before or not. We can check the date for you.

    If you prefer to check this yourself, please click the link below and enter your registration.

    Check MOT date

    Please note if your MOT was due in the next 7 days, the date should now have been extended by 6 months. If by the time it is due within 3 days, the date has not been extended you will need to contact the DVSA by email including you registration.

    Email DVSA if the extended date is NOT showing

  • Keep your vehicle safe to drive

    Even though the date of your MOT has been extended, it remains your responsibility to ensure your vehicle is safe to drive (‘roadworthy’). It can be unsafe even if your MOT expiry date has been extended.

    You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

  • How do I know if my car is roadworthy?

    These are recommended checks that you should carry out regularly to ensure your vehicle is roadworthy.

    • the windscreen, windows and mirrors are clean
    • all lights work
    • the brakes work

    Your vehicle’s handbook will tell you how often to check the:

    • engine oil
    • water level in the radiator or expansion tank
    • brake fluid level
    • battery
    • windscreen and rear window washer bottles - top up with windscreen washer fluid if necessary
    • tyres - they must have the correct tread depth and be free of cuts and defects

    Or please view the HOW to Video's below:

    How to Videos

    Please contact us regarding the service of your vehicle if you are unsure.

    Tyre tread - Tread must be a certain depth depending on the type of vehicle:

    • cars, light vans and light trailers - 1.6 millimetres (mm)
    • motorcycles, large vehicles and passenger-carrying vehicles - 1mm
    • Mopeds only need to have visible tread.

    There must be tread across the middle three-quarters and around the entire tyre.

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