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Covid-19 guidance

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

Institute of Licensing

The Institute of Licensing (IOL) has published some guidance in light of coronavirus (COVID-19).

For the latest guidance from the IOL, please visit their news page.

New rules on MOT testing for light vehicles

It has been announced that mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifting.

All vehicles must continue to be properly maintained and kept in a roadworthy condition, and people are able to voluntarily get their MOT sooner should they wish, even if they are exempt from the legal requirement. Motorists can be prosecuted for driving an unsafe vehicle.

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.

Guidance for Gravesham drivers

You are required to have a MOT six monthly. You will therefore need to check when your last MOT was carried out and ensure that you calculate when your next one is due.

If your MOT test was carried out on 1 February 2020 or any date since then, you must attend a MOT test and obtain a new MOT pass certificate on the six month anniversary.

  • For example: MOT carried out and passed on 1 February 2020, then the six month anniversary is 1 August 2020.
  • For example: MOT carried out and passed on 1 April, then the six month anniversary is 1 October 2020.

If your MOT test was carried out before 1 February 2020 then it is covered for an extra 6 months. You are getting a full year of cover instead of six months.

  • For example: MOT carried out and passed on 1 January 2020, normally due 1 July 2020, this has been extended by six months, so new expiry is 1 January 2021. So in January 2021 you must obtain a new certificate.
  • For example: MOT carried out and passed on 1 November 2019, normally due 1 May 2020, this has been extended by six months, so new expiry is 1 November 2020.  So in November 2020 you must obtain a new certificate.

You must make note of when your MOT is due. If we don’t receive the required pass certificate we may suspend your vehicle licence or your application to renew your licence will not be granted.

Guidance for Medway drivers

If your MOT certificate expires on or after 1 August 2020 then you must attend an MOT test and obtain a new MOT pass certificate.

  • For example: Expires on 1 August 2020, you must get your vehicle tested. If this is not carried out your licence will not be renewed.

If your MOT certificate expiry date is between 30 March and 31 July 2020 then it is covered for an extra 6 months.

  • For example: Expires 31 July 2020, expiry is extended to 31 January 2021. Then in January 2021 you must obtain a new certificate.
  • For example: Expired 1 April 2020, expiry is extended to 1 October 2020. Then I October 2020 you must obtain a new certificate.

Therefore, if your MOT has the 6 month extension, you must make note of when your MOT is due.  If we don’t receive the required pass certificate we may suspend your vehicle licence.

Guidance for MOT garages

The DVSA have also published guidance for garages.

The government has extended the requirement for certain businesses to close, but garages are allowed to stay open. This is to make sure that essential vehicle maintenance and repair to keep vehicles, goods and key workers moving and safe can continue.

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