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MOTs to be reintroduced but driving tests still suspended

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 remains in place. 

The suspended tests include:

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

The DVSA contacted anyone with a driving test booked to let them know it would need to be cancelled and to give a new date and time for the test. 

However as tests haven’t been able to restart, any rebooked tests won’t be able to go ahead at the new time. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will reschedule these when the government restarts driving tests.

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

The situation is slightly different in Northern Ireland, where the DVA suspended all practical driving tests from 20 March until 22 June 2020. This suspension has been continued until further notice, although you can book the following tests from 1 July: 

  • Off-road motorcycle
  • On-road motorcycle
  • Bus driving
  • Tractor
  • Module 4 DCPC test for bus or lorry

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