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MOT's extended for six months

Post by Paul G » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:06 am

Just read on the BBC News website that they have announced that all MOT's due after 30th March are extended by 6 months.

"MOTs extended for six months

There's some good news for drivers in the UK. Drivers are to receive a six-month extension to annual tests of a car's roadworthiness.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says MOTs due for renewal from 30 March will be extended for half a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Mr Shapps said on Twitter that drivers must still keep their cars safe and that garages would remain open for any repairs."

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Re: MOT's extended for six months

Post by D366Y » Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:22 pm

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus ... march-2020

Here's the gov link for anyone interested - very helpful and saves me stressing out about getting both of mine done next month!

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Re: MOT's extended for six months

Post by Andrew 2.8i » Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:53 pm

Does this news mean that the government anticipate the lockdown to last for six months?
I can't see that the MOT exemption would be valid for the whole six months if the lockdown only lasts for, say, four weeks though. Unbelievably for this government, it sounds like a bit of a grey area that will be difficult to enforce.
There was a mention yesterday on the radio of this very situation. Somebody asked the DVLA if there would be an extension to the length of the MOT and was told that if they were to drive a car with an expired MOT then they would risk prosecution.
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Re: MOT's extended for six months

Post by mgentry90 » Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:30 pm

Who will take the blame in an accident if the car fails from something unnoticeable to the driver who doesn't get under bonnet every once in a while like us but would be picked up had it have had its mot on time?

I know it's one of those questions but gotta ask really, will the insurance company cover this mot extension rule?

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Post by Major_Tom » Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:34 pm

National emergency so I think all the other rulebooks are out the window. It has always been the driver's responsibility to make sure the vehicle they are in is roadworthy, whether youre its keeper or not.

Oh and to answer your question, I have this feeling that the insurance companies will definitely use that defence, but hopefully the Gov will tell them to fuck off, strange times, pay up!
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Post by andyd » Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:16 pm

Earlier I said I wouldn't MOT my car this year with the 6 month extension, but if I tax it at some point over the summer I will get it done, so that next spring I can use it straight away without worrying about an MOT being the first thing I have to do.

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Re: MOT's extended for six months

Post by D366Y » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:16 am

I would imagine they have done six months as it's the easiest thing for them to do - not because they're not expecting anyone to leave the house for half a year!

You'd like to think insurers won't be twats about any accidents but it's no different than usual really - an MOT is only a check on the day, during the course of the year your car could suddenly become 'un-roadworthy' and you might not be covered, even if we weren't going through all this Corona crisis

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Re: MOT's extended for six months

Post by pbar » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:35 am

And don't forget you don't have to wait that extra 6 months, you can still have your MOT as normal if you have a garage which is open, and many are.

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Re: MOT's extended for six months

Post by Major_Tom » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:04 pm

D366Y wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:16 am
an MOT is only a check on the day, during the course of the year your car could suddenly become 'un-roadworthy' and you might not be covered, even if we weren't going through all this Corona crisis
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Re: MOT's extended for six months

Post by Andrew 2.8i » Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:33 pm

I wonder how easy it would be to tax a car that has had the MOT expiry date extended, where it would normally have expired. Have the DVLA online systems been updated to reflect the change?

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Re: MOT's extended for six months

Post by tejb1 » Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:43 pm

I think they are planning on extending the MoT dates on the computer system although mine are still showing with the 'normal' dates due -fortunately in July/September.

6 months is sensible enough because there will be a large backlog when the testing regime starts again, with many 'excess' tests needing done on top of the normal level. Plus there's always a peak in September as all the cars that were originally registered on 1st September to get
a shiny new plate, will need doing.

I'll try to get mine done at the normal time, depending on what the situation is then, much nicer scrabbling underneath a car to fix something in the summer than in the middle of winter.

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Re: MOT's extended for six months

Post by Fordoholic Nick » Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:10 am

Yep I read they are having a meeting next week to sort out a few things then the system should be updated with immediate effect presumably to show the new extended date for mot. I checked mine tonight and still showing original date but as, said am led to believe this should change next week.
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