New MOT rule change could see thousands lose their right to drive over the weekend

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During the first coronavirus lockdown, drivers due a test between 30 March 2020 and 31 July 2020 were offered a temporary six-month extension. This means those who were due a test on 31 July will have had their certificates extended to 31 January 2021 and will expire within just days.

Those who were due a test on 29 July will therefore have their certificate expire today with those due initially on 30 July now due tomorrow.

Many drivers are expected to be caught out after failing to sign up for a new DVSA reminder for their new due date.

Driving a vehicle without a valid MOT test can land drivers in serious trouble.

GOV.UK warns drivers can be issued charges of up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT certificate.

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In a statement to, the DVSA warned drivers must secure an MOT to insure their cars were “safe to drive”.

They confirmed non-contact MOT services were available for those self-isolating to ensure no road users missed out.

A statement said: “DVSA priorities are to stop the spread of coronavirus and help everyone keep their vehicle safe to drive.

“The MOT test helps motorists ensure their vehicle is safe and roadworthy.

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“If drivers are vulnerable or self-isolating, they should contact their local garage because many are offering a non-contact MOT service, with vehicle pick up and drop off included.

“MOT garages are open and are following the government guidance about working safely during the coronavirus.”

MOT extensions have not been offered during this latest lockdown due to the heavy backlog they put on garages.

Mandatory testing returned for cars, motorcycles and van drivers from 1 August when restrictions began to ease in the summer.

Only some garages remained open during the first lockdown. However now over 90 percent are back offering services.

Many warned they had been busy since September when the first set of MOT extensions from March started to hit forecourts.

However, those who had an extension issued were not completely safe from enforcement.

Drivers can be fined up to £2,500 if they are caught driving a car in a dangerous condition as this could put themselves or others at risk.

Not getting a car tested for over a year may have left heavily damaged vehicles on the roads which could have been picked up by officers.

Stuart James, Chief Executive of the Independent Garage Association has previously said he was pleased with the decision to keep garages open.

He said: “We fully support the government’s decision to allow garages to remain open as normal, and not to enforce another MOT extension.

“Garages are still busy catching up with the backlog of MOTs that the extension caused earlier this year.

“A second extension would only cause confusion among consumers and put law-abiding vehicle owners at risk of significant fines by leaving cars unchecked.”

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