MOT testing in lockdown: Do I have to get my car MOT-ed now?

Many garages closed during the coronavirus lockdown earlier this year, with few remaining open for business.

Then, they provided only essential services for cars still on the road to ensure vital safety, but now they have started to open again.

Now the Government has slowly repealed some of its coronavirus measures, and more than 90 percent have opened across the UK.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has urged people to take their cars for a check if they notice something is wrong, regardless of when their MOT is due.

MOT extension deadline: When do you have to get your car MOTed?

Although the MOT extension will be a relief to many drivers, Karen Rotberg from BookMyGarage told the MOT extension “may not be as straightforward” as you think.

She said: “With so many cars now going unchecked for over a year, it is imperative that you ensure your vehicle is safe and roadworthy, for the safety of yourself and others.

“You may also be fined £2,500, with three points on your licence, if caught driving a car deemed unsafe.”

She added: “So how do you make sure it’s safe? Around 20 percent of MOT failures are a result of the vehicle’s lights or signalling issues, other common issues are relating to the windscreen wipers, seat belts and tyre tread.

“These are quite simple to check yourself. But if you are unsure, we recommend having a mechanic check your car for you.