Changes to the MOT Law due to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

There have been some changes to MOT tests because of Coronavirus (COVID-19) & this article explains how this affects you depending on when your MOT was due to expire.

MOT due between 30th March 2020 to 31st July 2020 had a 6 month extension to their MOT period because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

For example:

If your car's MOT was due to expire on April 20th 2020 your MOT expiry date automatically changed to 20th October 2020 and you will have to get your vehicle MOT's before this date expires.

MOT's due before 30th March 2020 or after 31st July 2020 have not been affected by the new MOT rule.

If you are not sure when your vehicle's MOT is due call our nearest MOT centre & they will be able to tell you when your MOT is due or click here to check online.

Check your vehicle is safe to drive

As the registered keeper of the vehicle you are responsible for making sure it is always roadworthy (safe to drive) & be aware, even with a current MOT certificate the vehicle could be unsafe, so it is best to check your vehicle regularly.
Tyres, windscreen wipers & exhausts that suddenly sound louder are areas to check and if you hear unusual noises coming from the car while driving, then it's good practice to have them checked out just in case something has happened to the car to make it unsafe.

Important: If you drive a car that you are not the registered keeper of, a friends/family member's car or a company car for example, you are still liable for the safety of the car if you drive it on public highways.

Remember: If you own it or not & drive it, 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.

Checks you should carry out

Every time you drive you should check:
·        the windscreen, windows and mirrors are clean
·        all lights work
·        the brakes work

The vehicle 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

The handbook will also tell you when your vehicle needs to be serviced.

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.

If you are uncertain about anything you find that may be unsafe with your vehicle or if you would simply like us to check your vehicle for you, call into any of our centres for a free safety check


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