www.express.co.uk – 22nd June 2020
MOT tests will be made mandatory for some vehicles from early next month although exemption rules will still remain in place for many drivers.
MOT test suspensions will be lifted for heavy vehicles although cars will not be made to take a test just yet as exemption rules still stand. HGV’s were only offered a three month extension back in March which has now come to an end. To manage demand the DVSA says owners who were due a test in June or July have been issued a further three month extension.
Starting in August, vehicles which have already received an exemption notice back in May will need to have a test.
These owners will need to pass their MOT by 30 September 2020 or will risk penalties such as fines.
But vehicles which are currently due their test in August will also receive a further three month exemption to help ease demand.
A DVSA statement says: “From 4 July, we are restarting testing for heavy vehicles.
“We have issued a three-month exemption for vehicles due to be tested in June and will issue further exemptions for July tests.
“This will help us manage demand as we resume testing.”
The DVSA has said HGV’s which were originally due their test in March will need to pass the exam by 30 September as these vehicles were already offered a previous extension.
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