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Truck MOTs to restart in July

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MOT tests for HGVs will restart from 4 July, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced. But do you need to book yours yet?

Tests were suspended at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, and extensions were granted to lorries, buses and trailers whose MOTs were due to expire.

Now the DVSA has said that if your MOT was due in March or April 2020, you have two three-month extensions, while if it was due in May, June, July or August, you get only one three-month extension.

It is still your legal obligation to make sure your vehicle is roadworthy. 

‘Last-minute announcement’

The announcement that tests were restarting came a few days after the Freight Transport Association (FTA) criticised the Government for leaving drivers and fleet managers in the dark about MOTs.

James Firth, the FTA’s head of road freight regulation, said: “Businesses need to be able to plan and schedule vehicle tests and Authorised Testing Facilities (private sector facilities used by DVSA) need to take bookings. 

“For vehicles due their test in June, the announcement that they would be given an exemption certificate was made on 28 May. The uncertainty caused by these month-by-month last-minute announcements is a pressure that freight businesses could do without while they are focused on keeping the economy running during the coronavirus crisis.”

Check your exemption

Exemptions are applied automatically at the start of the month when your MOT is due, but the DVSA is not issuing paper certificates. You must still pay your vehicle tax on time.

Dangerous goods vehicle (ADR) inspections will also restart from 4 July. If you have an MOT extension, you can apply for a waiver.

There are different MOT rules for cars and light vehicles, so check them out and make sure you stay on the right side of the law!

Has the suspension of MOTs affected your business? Let us know in the comments below. 

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