Martin Lewis’ urgent MOT warning to all drivers following law change

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Money Saving Expert founder Martin Lewis has issued an urgent warning to all drivers following the changes to MOTs.

On Monday June 29, Roads minister Baroness Vere announced that from August 1, MOT tests will once again be mandatory in England, Scotland and Wales.

Baroness Vere said: “As people return to our roads, it is vital that motorists are able to keep their vehicles safe. That’s why as restrictions are eased, from 1 August MOT testing will again become mandatory.

“Garages across the country are open and I urge drivers who are due for their MOT to book a test as soon they can.”

At the start of the coronavirus lockdown, MOT tests were given a temporary six month extension.

But savings expert Martin Lewis has warned drivers that they may need to act soon, saying: “MOT tests to restart on 1 August. If you have an MOT due on or after that you must get the test done.

“However if your MOT is due before hand, you get six months added to the deadline. E.g. due on 15 July you need to get it done by 15 Jan.”

Only some garages remained open to conduct essential services during the coronavirus outbreak, but now over 90 per cent are open across the country.

Testing capacity has already reached 70 per cent of normal levels and is steadily increasing.

While exemptions are still available for vehicle owners with an MOT due date before 1 August, it is vital that drivers still take their vehicle to be checked if they notice something is wrong in the same way that they usually would.

If drivers are vulnerable or self-isolating they should contact their local garage as many are offering pick-up and drop-off services, so drivers can get their car checked without having to visit a garage.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has also issued  guidance to all MOT testers about safely conducting tests in line with the latest government advice.



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