Coronavirus: Can I still get my car's MOT done during 'lockdown'?

Coronavirus: Can I still get my car's MOT done during 'lockdown'?

Published at 8:56am 25th March 2020. (Updated at 9:12am 25th March 2020)

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We've been getting some details from the Department for Transport.

The advice from the Government is that if you have an MOT due while the Covid-19 outbreak is ongoing, you will get a six month exemption.

That applies to cars, motorbikes and light vans that would have required an MOT test from Monday 30th March.

Vehicle must be kept in a safe, roadworthy condition though.

Garages are on the list of essential businesses that can remain open during this time for maintenance, but decisions on opening will be down to individual businesses.

Vehicle MOT mechanic
MOTs still need to be valid during the coronavirus crisis

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

“We must ensure those on the frontline of helping the nation combat COVID19 are able to do so.

“Allowing this temporary exemption from vehicle testing will enable vital services such as deliveries to continue, frontline workers to get to work, and people get essential food and medicine.

“Safety is key, which is why garages will remain open for essential repair work.”


Annual tests for lorries, buses and trailers have been suspended for three months (from 21st March 2020).

Exemption certificates will be sent out for those vehicles, but the advice is that they must be fully maintained and kept roadworthy.


These are tests for vehicles that have been built, rebuilt, radically altered, reconstructed or imported.

Those have also been suspended for three months (as of 23rd March 2020).

But tests are still available for vehicles that are 'critical to the Covid-19 response'.

Vehicle MOT mechanic
Checks for larger vehicles have been suspended for the next three months by the DVSA

That includes things like: 

  • health and social care
  • education and childcare
  • key public services
  • local and national government
  • food and other necessary goods
  • public safety and national security
  • freight transport
  • utilities, communication and financial services

That includes things like ambulances, vehicles to transport patients or goods carrying vehicles.

You can find out more about which vehicles are eligible on the Government website or email to book a test. 

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