MOT Grace Period: The End to the Extension

By Julia Freeman

When the government announced the UK lockdown in March, many motorists were left wondering about the upkeep of their vehicle and the status of their MOT. As such, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) announced an automatic six-month MOT exemption for any cars, vans, and motorcycles with a certificate expiring on or after 30th March 2020.

Mot Grace Period

This extension is known as the ‘MOT grace period’; but what does it mean for your vehicle, when is this period due to end, and when should you book your MOT? Let Protyre answer these, and more, below.

What does this mean for my vehicle?

The government’s MOT exemption has put the onus on the owner to keep their vehicle in a “roadworthy” condition. Anyone found driving a vehicle deemed to be dangerous will be liable to be fined up to £2,500 and receive penalty points on their licence.
 
We have put together a guide on checks that can be carried out at home to help keep your vehicle safe on the road.

When is the MOT grace period ending?

As more non-essential services begin to reopen their doors, more vehicles are expected back on the roads. As such, the government has announced that mandatory MOT testing is due to resume again from 1st August.
 
If your MOT is due on or after this date, you will not be covered by the six-month extension and will need to book your test before your current certificate runs out.

When should I book my MOT?

In short, the sooner the better.
 
At Protyre we expect consumer demand to be very high due to the numbers who took up the extension during lockdown. Although we have increased our capacity to carry out more tests in our centres, it’s a case of the earlier you book the better your chances of beating the rush.
 
With plenty of offers across MOT, servicing, and tyres, you should be able to find an offer to suit your budget here.

What are the benefits of booking now?

As many as 30% of vehicles fail their MOTs each year and approximately 12% of drivers have at least 2 advisories off the back of their previous test. With many motorists having had up to 18-months between their last test and their next, booking your MOT sooner rather than later will help to ensure that you and your passengers are safe on the road.
 
During April and May 2020, national MOT test volumes were at just 2.2m, down from the 7.2m carried out in the same period the year before. October will see the first wave of vehicles who took up the extension requiring an MOT – as well as motorists whose tests were already due during this month.
 
We strongly recommend that MOTs are booked and carried out well in advance in order to beat the inevitable rush, to secure your appointment, and to guarantee peace of mind motoring.
 
Booking can be done through our website by clicking the button below and following our easy-to-use online system.

Should I book an MOT and service at the same time?

Regular servicing is recommended for all vehicles; not only does it help to catch small problems early, but it also helps to improve fuel economy and keep your vehicle running smoothly whilst complying with the terms of any warranty.
 
Unlike the MOT, car servicing is not a legal requirement. But by not getting a service you run the risk of encountering major problems down the road the longer your vehicle goes without.
 
Our years of experience have taught us that the major advantage of booking a combined service and MOT is the time and money that you could save by only needing to make one visit to your local Protyre garage.
 
You can use our hassle-free online booking tool to book one appointment and our cost-effective servicing packages can help extend the life of your car at a price you can afford.

Is it safe to bring my car to a garage?

Any test carried out in one of our centres will be done so under strict social distancing measures while ensuring our safety protocols remain in place; including new gloves and masks being worn by staff for each job, hands being washed between every test, and fresh seat covers being used in all vehicles. Watch our protocols in action here.


For those who are vulnerable and wish to remain in self-isolation, Protyre are able to offer a collect and deliver service. To find out more about this, please contact your local centre

All of our centres are open, safe, and COVID secure and our MOT testers are IMI qualified from our ProTech Academy, meaning you can be confident you will receive a thorough and quality MOT within our centres whilst keeping safe.

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By Julia Freeman
Julia is Head of Retail Marketing for Protyre and loves engaging with customers and the business as a whole to make sure Protyre is more than just a local garage.
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