MOTs and driving tests to be reintroduced

Easing of lockdown restrictions sees partial lift of extraordinary measures taken to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Mandatory MOT testing will be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 in line with COVID-19 road restrictions being gradually eased. 

Cars, motorbikes and vans were granted a six-month MOT exemption from 30 March, while all practical driving tests and MOTs for lorries, buses and trailers were suspended for three months from 21 March.

The aim was to slow the spread of Coronavirus but still allow those that must travel to work or to the supermarket to do so without worrying about their MOT, as long as their car was safe. 

Motorists with an MOT due date before 1 August will still receive a six-month exemption, although they can choose to get their MOT sooner if they prefer. 

The exemption is provided on the condition that vehicles are roadworthy and still being properly maintained. Drivers can be prosecuted if they’re found to be driving an unsafe vehicle. 

Driving tests

Driving tests were also suspended as part of safety measures during the Coronavirus lockdown, and the suspension is set to be lifted in England on 22 July. Theory tests have already restarted, although both tests will remain suspended for any areas in local lockdown. 

Theory tests will restart in Wales on 3 August and practical tests on 17 August.

The suspension for car driving tests still stands in Scotland, but motorcycle and tractor tests will restart there on 3 August 2020. Theory tests will resume on 22 July. 

The situation is slightly different in Northern Ireland, where the suspension has been continued until further notice other than for certain exceptions: off-road and on-road motorcycle tests have resumed and bus, tractor and module 4 DCPC tests for lorry, bus and coach drivers are planned from 20 July. 

Driving lessons resumed in England on 4 July and are set to resume on 27 July in Wales.

Find out more at GOV.UK.

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