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Government ends Covid-19 MoT extension

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The UK government has announced that the six-month MoT extension in England, Scotland and Wales will end on 1 August 2020. 

The extension, which was brought in on 30 March 2020, was designed to avoid car owners having to put their vehicles through the annual Ministry of Transport road-worthiness test during the coronavirus lockdown.

Now that the lockdown is easing, and most garages are now open, the government says: "It is vital that motorists are able to keep their vehicles safe."

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Haynes answers your coronavirus MoT questions:

Q How does the Covid MoT extension work?

A If your vehicle's MoT certificate was due to expire between 30 March and 1 August, it would be automatically extended by six months, with no action required by you.

Q Will my car's MoT extension be cancelled on 1 August?

A No. The extension will continue to apply. You will need to take your car for its test at the end of the six-month extension. You can find out when that is here.

Q Are motorhomes included in the MoT extension?

A Your MoT certificate will be extended by 6 months if it expires between 30 March 2020 and 31 July 2020, and your vehicle is a car, motorcycle, light van or other light vehicle. This includes motorhomes, which are classified as motor caravans by the DVLA.

Learn more about how to keep your car free of coronavirus here

Q Will the MoT extension affect my car insurance?

A No. Your insurance premium won't change.

Q My MoT certificate runs out on 1 August. Can it be extended?

A No. Any certificate that expires from 1 August won't get an extension. You can get an MoT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date. You can get an MoT earlier, but the renewal date for the following year will change to one year (minus a day) from the date the vehicle last passed its MoT. You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MoT.

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