The Department for Transport announced that the six-month MOT exemption for cars, vans and motorcycles will end on 1 August.

All drivers whose car, motorcycle or van is due for an MOT test from 1 August will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle.

Drivers with an MOT due date before 1 August will still receive a six-month exemption from testing.

Testing capacity has already reached 70 per cent of normal levels and is steadily increasing, according to the DfT.

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said: “As people return to our roads, it is vital that motorists are able to keep their vehicles safe.

“That’s why as restrictions are eased, from 1 August MOT testing will again become mandatory.

“Garages across the country are open and I urge drivers who are due for their MOT to book a test as soon they can.”

Chris Price, Head of MOT policy at DVSA, said: “MOT testing was suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic as a temporary measure to enable vital services to continue, frontline workers to get to work, and people to get essential food and medicine.

“In line with the government’s easing of the lockdown measures, the 6-month MOT exemption for cars, vans and motorcycles will end on 1 August.

“Most MOT garages are open, and we encourage drivers to book a test now to ensure their vehicle is roadworthy.

“Our priority is to help people keep their vehicle safe to drive and having an up to date MOT is key to this.”

The DVSA has issued guidance to all MOT testers about safely conducting tests in line with the latest government advice.

MOTs due before 1 August

While exemptions are still available for vehicle owners with an MOT due date before 1 August, it is vital that drivers still take their vehicle to be checked if they notice something is wrong in the same way that they usually would.

If drivers are vulnerable or self-isolating they should contact their local garage as many are offering pick-up and drop-off services, so drivers can get their car checked without having to visit a garage.

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