RE: MOTs given automatic six-month extension

RE: MOTs given automatic six-month extension

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cerb4.5lee

14,761 posts

134 months

Monday 30th March
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rossub said:
I’ve done similar - Mot due on the 16th. Concerned I’ll not be able to tax it if the website isn’t updated!
Mine is due on the 14th and I have the same fear! I've never put a car on SORN before...but I can't see the point in taxing it if I can't use it for 3 months due to the lockdown.

bluezedd

685 posts

36 months

Monday 30th March
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rossub said:
I’ve done similar - Mot due on the 16th. Concerned I’ll not be able to tax it if the website isn’t updated!
Sorn it before the MOT expires (preferably towards the end of the month), then retax it for 12 months at the start of the new month.

If I remember right there's a time you might need to wait until you can retax so might need to keep the car off the road for some days.

rossub

2,791 posts

144 months

Monday 30th March
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bluezedd said:
rossub said:
I’ve done similar - Mot due on the 16th. Concerned I’ll not be able to tax it if the website isn’t updated!
Sorn it before the MOT expires (preferably towards the end of the month), then retax it for 12 months at the start of the new month.

If I remember right there's a time you might need to wait until you can retax so might need to keep the car off the road for some days.
It’s not my main car, so I’ve sorned it due to us not actually being able to drive anywhere interesting. Hoping to tax again when we’re let off the leash.

To add to the mix, I’m trading the car in for another car that’s now locked in limbo and 600 miles from where I live. I don’t want to have to pay for an mot when the deal included it being just about to run out smile

ro250

499 posts

11 months

Monday 30th March
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rossub said:
It’s not my main car, so I’ve sorned it due to us not actually being able to drive anywhere interesting. Hoping to tax again when we’re let off the leash.
I do think the government has an ulterior motive in relation to the MOT extension. If they hadn't extended the MOTs, loads of people would have SORNd vehicles meaning a dip in revenue from Road Tax (yes, that what it's called on the reminder). So, by extending MOTs, more people will tax their cars who otherwise may not have.

V8fan

3,349 posts

222 months

Monday 30th March
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Considering the many 100s of billions of pounds in debt that will be in the system for years, I doubt a bit of VED lost revenue was really considered. I'my cynical a lot too, but that's a bit too much! I think it really was a measure to keep key workers mobile.

They're losing waaaay more in lost duty and VAT from drivers not buying any fuel.

ash73

17,701 posts

175 months

Monday 30th March
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ro250 said:
rossub said:
It’s not my main car, so I’ve sorned it due to us not actually being able to drive anywhere interesting. Hoping to tax again when we’re let off the leash.
I do think the government has an ulterior motive in relation to the MOT extension. If they hadn't extended the MOTs, loads of people would have SORNd vehicles meaning a dip in revenue from Road Tax (yes, that what it's called on the reminder). So, by extending MOTs, more people will tax their cars who otherwise may not have.
I expect many will anyhow, I've sorn'd 3 vehicles all of them with new-ish MoTs.

Athlon

4,056 posts

160 months

Monday 30th March
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Use of cars should be limited now. However, critical workers will still need their cars to get to work and make deliveries that are helping to keep the country going. However, contact should be minimised to reduce spread of COVID-19, so it has been decided that extending MOT due dates for a period, is sensible to minimise travel and contact, and to keep people who need to move, moving.

Some garages are also closing as people become ill or go into self-isolation – or as other parts of businesses (such as car sales) shut down. Getting an MOT may become increasingly hard.

What are the changes?

Vehicles that have MOTs due from 30/3, will have their date moved 6 months forward – so tests due on 30 March 2020 will become due on 30 September 2020, and so on.

  • How long will this continue? *
The government will keep this under review to manage the spread of COVID-19.

How will it work?

DVSA will start moving MOT expiry dates automatically in the MOT system from 30/3. This will initially be done in a few batches, so that after a few days they are working 7 days ahead. That will mean, say, that every Tuesday – the following Tuesday's tests are moved 6 months ahead.

Some types of test – such as vehicles coming up for their first test and some specialist vehicles may take a little longer – but this should be all automatic.

The new 'due date' will appear in the MOT History Service when it is amended – that will enable customers to check it has been done and they can legally use the car for getting to work as a critical worker, or getting necessary shopping.

Why is it starting on 30 March and not before?

Legal changes need to be made to allow this. They take time to get formally agreed, to ensure sufficient rigour goes into getting them right.

Can I still do MOTs?

Yes, only cars with MOT due dates on or beyond the 30/3 will benefit from this exemption. Cars with due dates prior to that will still require or need an MOT to be legally used - whether that MOT happens before or after the 30/3.

Some customers may still wish to have MOTs beyond the 30/3, even if their car is exempt – and you can do this.

rossub

2,791 posts

144 months

Monday 30th March
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Great, thanks for that.

ash73

17,701 posts

175 months

Monday 30th March
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Athlon said:
DVSA will start moving MOT expiry dates automatically in the MOT system from 30/3. This will initially be done in a few batches, so that after a few days they are working 7 days ahead. That will mean, say, that every Tuesday – the following Tuesday's tests are moved 6 months ahead.
...The implication being they will stop moving them as soon as the crisis is over.

LukeyP_

222 posts

8 months

Monday 30th March
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Seems like they are changing their minds throughout each day

V8fan

3,349 posts

222 months

Monday 30th March
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Jesus, it's been the same since it was announced, on 25th March:

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

And in this release from the same day, it states;

"The new law will be introduced on 30 March when it will come into immediate effect for 12 months."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52036333


LukeyP_

222 posts

8 months

Monday 30th March
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V8fan said:
Jesus, it's been the same since it was announced, on 25th March:

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

And in this release from the same day, it states;

"The new law will be introduced on 30 March when it will come into immediate effect for 12 months."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52036333
I was meaning when they'd be adjusting the dates on the extensions.

Blanco92

169 posts

25 months

Monday 30th March
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Mine is due on the 6th April. Failed an MOT last week on upper suspension arms (old Audi A6 multi-link setup) and headlights that won’t adjust upwards as the physical adjusters have seized with age.

Really hope it gets the extension as it buys me time to get a used set of headlights and work on the car myself now that I’m furloughed. Particularly useful when you a buy a good used pair of headlights off eBay but one is broken in transit...

It’s just a bit squeaky bum waiting for the update!

Long Drax

744 posts

124 months

Tuesday 31st March
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Mine is due on April 12th. Always take it in for MOT 30 days prior. Failed on broken NSF spring and OS anti-roll bar bush. Had them sorted and car passed MOT last week. Very happy that I will not be driving around for the next six months with those issues affecting my vehicle, unbeknown to me.



gord115

61 posts

134 months

Tuesday 31st March
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My MOT is due 4th May.
I understand I will get a 6 month extension but this isn't showing on the .gov MOT website.

If I delay my MOT and the date isn't updated will I still be able to Tax my car on the 1st of June?

I need my car because I am a Key worker.

Thanks and stay safe.

Gord

DuraAce

3,431 posts

114 months

Tuesday 31st March
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The due date will be updated approx 7 days before expiry.
Plenty of time. No need to worry.

manracer

1,140 posts

51 months

Tuesday 31st March
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DuraAce said:
The due date will be updated approx 7 days before expiry.
Plenty of time. No need to worry.
My sons car expires tomorrow (1st April), its not been updated yet.

South tdf

923 posts

149 months

Tuesday 31st March
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Mine expired yesterday and shows as expired but sure it will update over the next few days.

Buster73

3,879 posts

107 months

Tuesday 31st March
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Got my wife’s car MOT done yesterday, booked in last week .

Garage is next door to a local Co op food store before the police get the drone out.

MRichards99

253 posts

82 months

Tuesday 31st March
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According to the gov website:

Gov Website said:
Your MOT expiry date will usually be updated on the day your MOT is due to expire. However, it might be done up to a few days before.

You can check your MOT history to see when your MOT expiry date has been extended. Keep checking back if your new expiry date is not showing yet.
Mine expires on 3rd April and they haven't updated it. Not sure why it's taking so long, are they doing it manually?? I wouldn't worry about it, it's all over the media should a police officer be interested in the matter.