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Interesting change to MOT extensions - Will deBeast

The government have made a small change to the MOT extensions.

"If you take your vehicle for its MOT and it fails

Your MOT extension will no longer apply if you take your vehicle for its MOT and it fails.

Your vehicle will need to be fixed and pass its MOT before you can use it again.

Example

Your vehicle’s MOT was originally due to expire on 3 May 2020, but has been extended to 3 November 2020.

You take your vehicle for its MOT in August and it fails. You must stop using the vehicle until it’s fixed and passes another MOT test."

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-cars-vans-and-motorcycles-due-from-30-march-2020

Interesting change to MOT extensions - Smileyman

Of course, the requirement for a vehicle to be kept safe to drive still exists, just that the expiry date of existing MOT certificates have been extended for 6 months. So keep up the maintenance but do not hurry the test in case of failure and requirement to take off road until repaired.

Very useful news for Mrs S, her car was due an MOT earlier this month.. Also useful news for me, my car will be due it's first MOT in August, the wording states "The extension also applies to these types of vehicles that are due their first MOT test on or after 30 March 2020". Presumably now February!

Interesting change to MOT extensions - John F

For a government which bangs on about risk and safety plus going to work if you can, this is extraordinarily generous. I sympathise with those whose income depends on testing and repairing. Although I suppose the repair bills will be bigger if dirt in the CV joint knackers it, or the failure of a brake pipe causes a crash.

Is it not possible to arrange an MoT and adhere to both social distancing and sanitisation of the car controls? I would perhaps support exemption for registered keepers over the age of 65 whose cars usually only travel a few thousand miles between one test and the next. For the vast majority of drivers there would be virtually zero risk now. Time to rescind?

Interesting change to MOT extensions - gordonbennet

Not only to get the vehicle checked over (ie brake roller tested) but not wishing to struggle for an appointment on all subsequent mot anniversaries by leaving it till the last possible moment, we managed to get the car MOT'd at our usual place couple of weeks ago shortly after they re-opened, it ran out at the end of April.

Funny you should mention CV boots JohnF, washed it the weekend prior including underneath and had a quick poke nose, sure enough both front inner CV joint boots weeping, due to my own work pressure i let the garage replace them...well thats my excuse and i'm sticking to it :-)...in truth i'm admitting getting a bit old for such jobs now but don't tell anyone, don't mind the normal servicing above and beyond, which i know you agree with tee hee, nor do i mind the annual rustproofing malarkey, just can't be bothered any more with major possibly painful jobs likely to leave me with severe backache for a week after, i can do a day's overtime instead and pay someone younger and fitter.

I'd have spotted the CV boots when i rustproof in a couple of weeks, but i agree with John, how many other vehicles are going to be running round with all sorts of things hanging off for an extra 6 months.

Interesting change to MOT extensions - Big John

The government have made a small change to the MOT extensions.

"If you take your vehicle for its MOT and it fails

Your MOT extension will no longer apply if you take your vehicle for its MOT and it fails.

Your vehicle will need to be fixed and pass its MOT before you can use it again.

I thought it was like this from the start of the extension - I remember looking at the rules at the start as my son's car was due at the end of April and his garage had changed for essential users only on repairs/service so if it did happen to fail he would have been stuck. Car known to be in good condition as just well serviced by my local indy a couple of months earlier so he used the 6 month extension.

Interesting change to MOT extensions - Andrew-T

It's a bit strange really. In effect they are saying 'wait an extra 6 months for your next test, but if you choose to take it in early and they find a problem, don't use the car'. In a way that is logical, in another way it's not.

Interesting change to MOT extensions - Avant

I don't think this should surprise anyone. Obviously not all MoT failures are death-traps, but most are in some way related to safety or emissions, the fault often being present without the knowledge of the owner.

It's just a matter of trying to reduce risk.

Interesting change to MOT extensions - Galaxy

So, the moral of the story is, to make full use of the Governments 6 month MOT extension!

I wonder how they are carrying out MOT tests at the moment without putting customers at risk? Are testers wearing full PPE?

Interesting change to MOT extensions - alan1302

So, the moral of the story is, to make full use of the Governments 6 month MOT extension!

I wonder how they are carrying out MOT tests at the moment without putting customers at risk? Are testers wearing full PPE?

They will be just testing as usual I expect - might be wearing gloves

Interesting change to MOT extensions - elekie&a/c doctor
I don’t understand the fiasco over the mot regulations/ extensions. The current mot test is a very low rent inspection with poor attention to real safety items . For example , a car can fail the test for a non illuminating speedometer but pass even though there may be wheel nuts missing. Not inspected because the wheel covers are not allowed to be removed . Remember, a car with an mot pass for 12 months can be dangerous 5 mins after leaving the test station.
Interesting change to MOT extensions - John F
I don’t understand the fiasco over the mot regulations/ extensions. The current mot test is a very low rent inspection with poor attention to real safety items.

This is obviously not true. The MoT testers manual pays great attention to brakes, tyres and the bits and pieces that connect the wheels to the car.

For example , a car can pass even though....wheel nuts missing. Not inspected because the wheel covers are not allowed to be removed.

Neither is this. The manual actually says 'hub caps must not be removed'. A wheel cover or centre cap is not a hub-cap, although often mistakenly referred to as such. I lifted the following from 'Wiki****ia' (note careful anonymising ;-)

A "hubcap" is technically the small cover over the center of the wheel, while a "wheel cover" is a decorative metal or plastic disk that snaps or bolts onto and covers the entire face of the wheel

Interesting change to MOT extensions - galileo

My local independent has been open as usual throughout, as have at least three other independent MOT garages within a one mile radius; I would guess others are open all over mainland England.

As I think I said in an earlier post, some of the national chains and main dealerships may well have furloughed their service technicians and closed workshops as a money saving exercise. Independents obviously need the cash flow (and DVSA/VOSA have told them they are 'key workers' so can stay open.)

Edited by galileo on 29/05/2020 at 15:59

Interesting change to MOT extensions - FP

So, the moral of the story is, to make full use of the Governments 6 month MOT extension!

Not necessarily. As was pointed out in a recent thread, it's inevitable there will be a massive log-jam in the autumn, when all the deferred tests get caught up with others scheduled for that time.

I had mine done as per the usual date and disinfected the car before I drove it. That was after it had been delivered back to my drive and sat there for several days.

Interesting change to MOT extensions - Galaxy

Contrary to what people are saying there will not be a massive log-jam for tests in the autumn! That's not the way the extension works.

www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-...s

Your MOT is extended by 6 months from it's date of expiry. So, if my MOT runs out currently in September it will be extended by 6 months so will run out instead in March 2021.

If my friend has a car for which the MOT runs out in June then it will automatically be extended by 6 months so will run out in December.

So, as you can see, no log jam!

Interesting change to MOT extensions - Brit_in_Germany

I note that in your link says "will be extended", not "is extended". A slight difference maybe but the only extension is granted on a rolling basis, 7 days in advance of expiry. That means that when the provision is eventually withdrawn, all cars having an MOT due date 7 days after the withdrawal may not benefit from the extension leading to an overload on the test centres.

Interesting change to MOT extensions - Dogfuzz

Just spotted the following advisories on a private car for sale, which last had an MOT 12 months ago-extended to november 2020.

edited......"Exhaust heat shield loose, nearside front brake hose slight corrosion, offside front brake corrosion, nearside front anti-roll bar linkage pin worn, nearside front brake pipe corroded, offside rear brake pipe corroded......."

The vehicle has gone a full year with these advisories--and has now been given an MOT extension.

Interesting change to MOT extensions - Steveieb

So my Mot runs out at the end of June so under the new rules I won’t need to get it tested until December.

But will the following test be due in June, which is the anniversary of the actual date ?

Interesting change to MOT extensions - sammy1

NO

Interesting change to MOT extensions - daveyjp

The test date for 2021 remains as the date of first registration. Have it done in December it is only valid until June 2021.

Edited by daveyjp on 10/06/2020 at 14:24

Interesting change to MOT extensions - Lrac

The test date for 2021 remains as the date of first registration. Have it done in December it is only valid until June 2021.

Are you sure? I thought an MOT was valid for 12 months regardless of when it was carried out.

 

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