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MOTs and driving tests suspended

Extraordinary measures are being taken to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Cars, motorbikes and vans are to be granted a six month MOT exemption from 30 March to allow those that must travel to work or to the supermarket during the Coronavirus outbreak to do so without concern. 

Driving tests and MOTs for lorries, buses and trailers were suspended for three months from 21 March.

Despite the exemption, all vehicles must be kept roadworthy and safe, and garages will remain open for essential repair work. Drivers of unsafe vehicles can be prosecuted.

All heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and public service vehicles (PSVs) with an MOT will be given a three month certificate of temporary exemption (CTE). This will continue until further notice and is on the condition that all vehicles are kept safe and roadworthy.

Driving tests

The tests being suspended include:

  • Car driving tests
  • Motorcycle tests
  • Lorry, coach and bus driving tests
  • Approved driving instructor (ADI) tests and checks

The DVSA will get in touch with anyone who currently has a driving test booked to let them know it’ll be cancelled and automatically rebooked as soon as possible when restrictions are lifted. 

You can still book an emergency test if you’re classed as a critical worker during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “We are having to take big decisions to protect the public in our national battle against COVID-19. Regrettably, we have had to suspend driver testing for up to three months to help tackle the spread of the virus.

“It is vital that those who need a test can get one so DVSA is offering tests to those who have a critical need, such as the NHS and drivers delivering goods across the UK.

“Those who have tests cancelled will have priority when testing resumes.”

The situation is slightly different in Northern Ireland, where the DVA has suspended all practical driving tests from 20 March until 22 June 2020. 

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