RE: MOTs given automatic six-month extension

RE: MOTs given automatic six-month extension

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Del50

5 posts

110 months

Tuesday 30th June
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ro250 said:
Yes, it's almost like they tried to bury the 12 months thing...

I only know because my MOT expired on 29th March hence I was following developments very closely (and missed the extension by 1 day!).
That must have been difficult with the MOT due at the very end of March especially with the full lockdown in force by then!

My MOT is due on 31 August so I would have definitely benefited from any extension. I'm not booking anything yet though as there may be more developments in the next few weeks.



DoubleD

15,241 posts

68 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Del50 said:
That must have been difficult with the MOT due at the very end of March especially with the full lockdown in force by then!

My MOT is due on 31 August so I would have definitely benefited from any extension. I'm not booking anything yet though as there may be more developments in the next few weeks.
You seem to be annoyed that you have to get your mot done on time?

sixor8

3,580 posts

228 months

Tuesday 30th June
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My local MoT centre has misunderstood this and sent out an email that all the extended MoTs end on 1st August. Err, no, they've totally misinterpreted it! If you've an extension already applied, then the later date applies. There'd be a million cars or more with MoTs expiring on 1st August otherwise!

My daily has an MoT until October, I'd hoped to get a free winter out of out. Arse...

I check my brakes, lights, tyres etc regularly, the problem is many don't. They see the MoT as some kind of mini service. frown

Jakg

2,554 posts

128 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Del50 said:
In some ways it was strange why a 6 month extension on all MOTs for the next year was ever suggested as very few people at any time expected the strict lockdown and temporary closing of some garages was going to last for 12 whole months. If there were worries about car safety then a blanket three month extension could have been put forward as others have suggested earlier on in this thread.
I thought the idea of extending them all was to ensure they were still evenly distributed to avoid next year no-one needing one between March & August, which seemed smart. But now...

Del50

5 posts

110 months

Wednesday 1st July
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DoubleD said:
You seem to be annoyed that you have to get your mot done on time?
I am irritated that the government have 'moved the goalposts' again so that my MOT is suddenly due 6 months earlier than I thought it was going to be. I was also making a point about mixed and confusing messages from government.

My car doesn't do much mileage so that's why I believe I could have benefitted from an MOT extension for at least three months without any risk to the safety of my car. I will have a service at the same time as the MOT and I regularly check tyres and lights to see if they are OK.

DoubleD

15,241 posts

68 months

Wednesday 1st July
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Del50 said:
DoubleD said:
You seem to be annoyed that you have to get your mot done on time?
I am irritated that the government have 'moved the goalposts' again so that my MOT is suddenly due 6 months earlier than I thought it was going to be. I was also making a point about mixed and confusing messages from government.

My car doesn't do much mileage so that's why I believe I could have benefitted from an MOT extension for at least three months without any risk to the safety of my car. I will have a service at the same time as the MOT and I regularly check tyres and lights to see if they are OK.
Its hardly the end of the world though is it, its just back to how it was before.

Dog Star

11,694 posts

128 months

Wednesday 1st July
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I really can't get my head around anyone on PH having a moan at the fact that an MOT extension period that is no longer needed has been curtailed. It was introduced because of the potential there'd be nowhere to get a test. That is no longer the case. It wasn't some bonus prize.

The only people I can see moaning about it are a. people who want to moan about *anything* this government does or b. people trying to sell on unroadworthy old bangers or get an extra six months out of something that will be getting weighed in.

In 35 years I have never had a vehicle fail an MOT - do people really have such a fear of it, or have it cost them such a huge sum to get a car through? Actually I don't need an answer to that. If people looked after stuff properly it'd be a simple drive in/test/drive out.

One of my bikes MOTs is due on July 14th and it'll be getting it done on time.

cerb4.5lee

16,918 posts

140 months

Wednesday 1st July
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Dog Star said:
In 35 years I have never had a vehicle fail an MOT - do people really have such a fear of it, or have it cost them such a huge sum to get a car through? Actually I don't need an answer to that. If people looked after stuff properly it'd be a simple drive in/test/drive out.
I've always feared MOT time for some reason(a mixture of getting ripped off by garages in the past/running old and rusty cars that are prone to fail on little things). I was only saying to my Mrs yesterday how nice it has been having two new cars and not having to faff about with an MOT, but they are both due one in august though.

I've had loads of cars fail over my 30 years of driving, so you've done well I reckon.

Edited by cerb4.5lee on Wednesday 1st July 09:19

0ddball

438 posts

99 months

Wednesday 1st July
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Dog Star said:
In 35 years I have never had a vehicle fail an MOT - do people really have such a fear of it, or have it cost them such a huge sum to get a car through? Actually I don't need an answer to that. If people looked after stuff properly it'd be a simple drive in/test/drive out.
Really? On my last MOT mine failed for the indicator light output not being orange enough and excessively rusty brake pipe ferules. The indicator was fine, any random person you'd have asked wouldn't have been able to spot any issue, but short of spending hours of my time fighting it with the DVSA, I just said I would change it. Likewise, the ferules had perfectly normal surface rust on. I cleaned them up, threw an old bulb on the passenger seat for effect and took it back for the retest the next day. Passed without issue. To never have a failure in 35 years, all I can say is, your bribes must be very generous.

But 10/10 for pomposity though.


Edited by 0ddball on Wednesday 1st July 09:23

ro250

1,038 posts

17 months

Wednesday 1st July
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cerb4.5lee said:
Dog Star said:
In 35 years I have never had a vehicle fail an MOT - do people really have such a fear of it, or have it cost them such a huge sum to get a car through? Actually I don't need an answer to that. If people looked after stuff properly it'd be a simple drive in/test/drive out.
I've always feared MOT time for some reason(a mixture of getting ripped off by garages in the past/running old and rusty cars that are prone to fail on little things). I was only saying to my Mrs yesterday how nice it has been having two new cars and not having to faff about with an MOT, but they are both due one in august though

I've had loads of cars fail over my 30 years of driving, so you've done well I reckon.
Same here. If you've never had a car fail an MOT in 35 years you've either been lucky, been running new cars or you're a mechanic. I ran old cars for years when I was young, as that's what you did, so you'd be very lucky not to get fails.

Pegscratch

1,189 posts

68 months

Wednesday 1st July
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Mine fails every year on emissions. Passes five minutes later. Occasionally I get the odd crusty brake line/crusty suspension advisory because my service and my MOT are 6 months apart, and on my older car similarly 6 months apart I'll get some rust that needs attention. I don't habitually go under it looking for this though, I just make sure every 6 months it's up in the air for a proper inspection.

SpeedBash

1,817 posts

147 months

Saturday 31st October
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So, with another lockdown imminent, I wonder what impact it will have on MOT's.

I can't see the govt. issuing an extension again but early reports state only essential businesses will be allowed to open.

snoopy25

1,153 posts

80 months

Saturday 31st October
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They may have to do something or there will be a lot of people without MOT's

DoubleD

15,241 posts

68 months

Saturday 31st October
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Well driving is pretty essential, so I guess garages will be classed as an essential business.

Athlon

4,196 posts

166 months

Saturday 31st October
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DoubleD said:
Well driving is pretty essential, so I guess garages will be classed as an essential business.
Yep, and most cars are disgusting mask and glove ridden covid incubators. It's not fun doing the job at the moment.

MrGTI6

1,860 posts

90 months

Saturday 31st October
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My car's MOT was initially extended from 5th May to 5th November. Could it be extended again? The current MOT was issued in April 2019!

Mr E

19,480 posts

219 months

Saturday 31st October
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MrGTI6 said:
My car's MOT was initially extended from 5th May to 5th November. Could it be extended again? The current MOT was issued in April 2019!
I am due one in a couple of weeks. This could be fun.

Drezza

564 posts

14 months

Saturday 31st October
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Mine expired last week got it booked in next week, fingers crossed i get another 6 months mot free motoring!

MrGTI6

1,860 posts

90 months

Saturday 31st October
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Drezza said:
Mine expired last week got it booked in next week, fingers crossed i get another 6 months mot free motoring!
The previous extension only applied to cars that had a valid MOT that was due to run out. If yours has already expired then it would be very unlikely to get an extension. And that's assuming that they're going to extend them again anyway.

MrGTI6

1,860 posts

90 months

Saturday 31st October
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Mr E said:
MrGTI6 said:
My car's MOT was initially extended from 5th May to 5th November. Could it be extended again? The current MOT was issued in April 2019!
I am due one in a couple of weeks. This could be fun.
I'm used to my tax/insurance/MOT all running out in May, so I'd completely forgotten about my MOT running out in a few days until I saw this thread!