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Updated: DVSA issues new coronavirus MOT advice

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has issued new MOT advice after initially telling drivers in self-isolation to not take their vehicle to be MOT tested.

It has now issued the following statement saying “people should stay at home and avoid travel unless absolutely essential. The only reasons you should leave your house are set out in the Government guidance".

It continued: “The Department for Transport is urgently looking at MOT testing for cars, motorcycles and light vans in light of the current situation and will provide an update shortly. Annual tests for lorries, buses and trailers have already been suspended for up to three months.”


It had previously told Fleet News that if the MOT expires during a period of self-isolation, drivers can make an application to SORN their car or van and apply for an MOT test once their period of self-isolation is over.

Garages are currently on the exemption list for businesses that must close. Some garages will remain open for now and will be providing 'critical services' to cars and vans due for MOT, for the time being.

The news follows the announcement of the suspension of MOTs for lorries, buses and trailers for three months from last Friday (March 20).

Lorries and trailers due for test in the suspension period will be issued with exemptions automatically. Some vehicles, such as those due for their first MOT test and vehicles returning to service with a test certificate that expired before March, will require an application for exemption certificates.

Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association (RHA), said: “These are unprecedented times that need creative and pragmatic new approaches.

“It is vital that all vehicles on our roads remain safe to use and their roadworthiness must be maintained at all times.  Routine testing is a vital part of our safety culture and we believe it should be restored as soon as possible.”

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  • ian McGuone - 24/03/2020 18:16

    I am a District Nurse and see patients in their own homes so need a car to get around. My MOT runs out on 28/03 and was booked in for 27/03 but I have now been tod that this is cancelled. Will I be allowed to use my car without fear of being arrested

  • Michael Collins - 24/03/2020 19:39

    If you SORN a vehicle you have to take it off the road. My car is kept outside my house on the road, what do I do with it?

  • Martin Stackemann - 24/03/2020 21:36

    Having read this article I feel this situation should have reviewed much earlier as was HGV testing we are staying open purely for vehicle testing only on the basis that some of our customers felt they were essential workers however our worry is parts availability with most Factors and some dealers closing down until further notice with parts not being available if vehicles fail MOT tests I feel some discretion should allowed for a Tester.

  • Andy T - 24/03/2020 22:26

    So you are happy to put us mot testers at risk by testing a car that may have infected surfaces. Also why make lorries etc exempt for 3 months and not cars. Surely a lorry with defective brakes is more dangerous than a car.

  • Kate - 25/03/2020 10:40

    That's all very well but our garage is too far away to walk home so 2 of us have to drive to drop the car off and pick it up and we are both in our 70's with underlying health issues this is very worrying for us

  • Enkeleid Omi - 15/04/2020 21:59

    I am a self-employed driver and my MOT runs out on 23rd of April. The Government need to to the same for private's cars as most of the garages are closed not only for MOT-s but even doing any work on the cars before going for an MOT test.

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