RE: MOTs given automatic six-month extension

RE: MOTs given automatic six-month extension

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V8fan

2,936 posts

220 months

Wednesday 25th March
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I've lost count how many times that gets referred to. rolleyes

Since it is perfectly legal (with insurance obvs) to drive a car to and from an MoT test centre for a pre-booked test without current MoT or VED, what do you think?

Unroadworthy is another issue.

bcadou

211 posts

132 months

Wednesday 25th March
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camel_landy said:
Which is great but...

Mine expires on the 28th and was booked in for a test. BoJo made his announcement Monday and the garage I was booked in with promptly cancels all tests and closes for business until further notice.

I'm now caught in no-mans-land of being unable to get a test in before my MOT runs out and outside of the criteria for automatic extension. rolleyes

Pity they didn't set the date to include from BoJo's announcement.

M
exact same situation, expires 29th, 1 day short! Unsure what to do now

austinsmirk

3,774 posts

75 months

Wednesday 25th March
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I can guarantee the councils will be using the no mot for six months as an excuse for at least several years.

Escort Si-130

2,359 posts

132 months

Wednesday 25th March
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munk said:
Because they need draw a line in the sand somewhere, 30th March is that line.

Is your Caterham really an essential vehicle?
well said

Slow

4,837 posts

89 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Mine says mot due july 2020 still. Whats the end of the time scale for extension?

MitchT

12,887 posts

161 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Slow said:
Mine says mot due july 2020 still. Whats the end of the time scale for extension?
Mine's due on 10 July. Curious to know too.

LukeyP_

189 posts

6 months

Thursday 26th March
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Slow said:
Mine says mot due july 2020 still. Whats the end of the time scale for extension?
My understanding was any car that expires on 30th Narch onwards are all extended by 6 months regardless.

V8fan

2,936 posts

220 months

Thursday 26th March
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Slow said:
Mine says mot due july 2020 still. Whats the end of the time scale for extension?
It says 12 months on the BBC item and here too:

https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/25/drivers-granted-six...

Most people will get an MoT when they can I expect (especially as some treat it as a safety inspection too and never check anything on their car frown )but it gives breathing room.

Personally I have a car MoT that runs out in winter so I can leave it a while if the weather is awful. smile

ro250

399 posts

9 months

Thursday 26th March
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V8fan said:
Slow said:
Mine says mot due july 2020 still. Whats the end of the time scale for extension?
It says 12 months on the BBC item and here too:

https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/25/drivers-granted-six...

Most people will get an MoT when they can I expect (especially as some treat it as a safety inspection too and never check anything on their car frown )but it gives breathing room.

Personally I have a car MoT that runs out in winter so I can leave it a while if the weather is awful. smile
The 12 months reference presumably is used as that would be for a car with an MOT due on 30th September as they have until 30th March 2021 to get it tested.

If your car MOT expires in the winter, my understanding is that your MOT is only extended if it's due between 30th March and 30th September.

SD_1

7,028 posts

110 months

Thursday 26th March
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camel_landy said:
Which is great but...

Mine expires on the 28th and was booked in for a test. BoJo made his announcement Monday and the garage I was booked in with promptly cancels all tests and closes for business until further notice.

I'm now caught in no-mans-land of being unable to get a test in before my MOT runs out and outside of the criteria for automatic extension. rolleyes

Pity they didn't set the date to include from BoJo's announcement.

M
This happened to me too. Managed to get it booked into another local garage on Monday, and if it really comes to it Halfords are staying open.

V8fan

2,936 posts

220 months

Thursday 26th March
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ro250 said:
The 12 months reference presumably is used as that would be for a car with an MOT due on 30th September as they have until 30th March 2021 to get it tested.

If your car MOT expires in the winter, my understanding is that your MOT is only extended if it's due between 30th March and 30th September.
If that's the case, then the measure would be 'in place' for only 6 months wouldn't it? Not 12 months as announced.

You'd have the strange situation of a car who's MoT runs out in mid September getting an extension til March 2021, over 5 months later than a car who's MoT runs out on 1st October!

ro250

399 posts

9 months

Thursday 26th March
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V8fan said:
ro250 said:
The 12 months reference presumably is used as that would be for a car with an MOT due on 30th September as they have until 30th March 2021 to get it tested.

If your car MOT expires in the winter, my understanding is that your MOT is only extended if it's due between 30th March and 30th September.
If that's the case, then the measure would be 'in place' for only 6 months wouldn't it? Not 12 months as announced.

You'd have the strange situation of a car who's MoT runs out in mid September getting an extension til March 2021, over 5 months later than a car who's MoT runs out on 1st October!
It's announced as a 6 month extension in place for 12 months. The 12 months refers to people in the scenario I set out where someone's MOT is due at the end of the 6 month period.

I think the odd scenario you set out is a reality of the extension.

Happy to be corrected!

ro250

399 posts

9 months

Thursday 26th March
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DfT have posted more on this now. It is as I described:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-m...

ro250

399 posts

9 months

Thursday 26th March
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Slow said:
Mine says mot due july 2020 still. Whats the end of the time scale for extension?
You MOT will be due January 2021.

Edited by ro250 on Thursday 26th March 09:39

LukeyP_

189 posts

6 months

Thursday 26th March
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ro250 said:
DfT have posted more on this now. It is as I described:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-m...
I don't believe it is...snippet below

You do not need to do anything to extend your vehicle’s MOT expiry date if it’s on or after 30 March 2020. However, you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.

Your vehicle will be automatically given a 6-month MOT exemption. This will extend your current MOT expiry date by 6 months.

This to me reads as;

If you MOT expires on or after the 30th March 2020, all vehicles will receive a 6 month extension. If you have a car due in January 2021 like myself, I am expecting that to be July 2021 now. All the guidance says you'll be given a 6 month extension after 30 March automatically, doesn't have a date to on it.

ash73

17,355 posts

173 months

Thursday 26th March
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Assuming the extension is no longer applied in 6 months when this is over, say from 01/10, all MoTs will be bunched up into Oct-Mar. That might cause garages a few headaches.

Thesprucegoose

21,313 posts

147 months

Thursday 26th March
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Just taken my mums as it runs out on the 29TH. In fairness I had been badgering her but she forgot.

ro250

399 posts

9 months

Thursday 26th March
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LukeyP_ said:
If you MOT expires on or after the 30th March 2020, all vehicles will receive a 6 month extension. If you have a car due in January 2021 like myself, I am expecting that to be July 2021 now. All the guidance says you'll be given a 6 month extension after 30 March automatically, doesn't have a date to on it.
You are correct. They could have made this much clearer. Your situation is an example of how generous the system will be for people whose MOT isn't due for a while.

LukeyP_

189 posts

6 months

Thursday 26th March
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ro250 said:
You are correct. They could have made this much clearer. Your situation is an example of how generous the system will be for people whose MOT isn't due for a while.
Agreed, the GOV site isn't very clear where the AA said from 30 March 2020 for 12 months. So in theory, we are going to have MOT stations quiet from now until October time technically, as peoples MOT are pushed out. In a way I'm glad for our main car as that was due it's first MOT on 30th May but now gives me a bit longer (although I will put it in before November to be honest, as too close to christmas)

The other car is my shed, so obviously I'm quite pleased it has a longer MOT now even though mechanically it's sound and I always keep my cars looked after.

Slow

4,837 posts

89 months

Thursday 26th March
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Let’s hope there are no much crashes due to unroadworthy cars and they change the law in future to be 18 month mot as standard smile