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Lorry, bus and trailer roadworthiness tests are going to restart from 4 July 2020 in the United Kingdom. Operators can book an MOT test from Monday, 29 June, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced. 

Roadworthiness tests for heavy good vehicles were suspended at the end of March in the United Kingdom, and at the same time, lorries, buses and trailers were given 3-month exemptions from needing an MOT. DVSA has announced that tests can restart from Saturday, 4 July. The deadline to get a test done depends on when the vehicle’s MOT was originally due.

When is your vehicle due for an MOT?

A lorry, bus or trailer will automatically get a 3-month MOT exemption from the date it was originally due.

Vehicles and trailers originally due an MOT:

  • in March or April 2020 have been given two 3-month exemptions
  • in May, June, July or August 2020 will only get one 3-month exemption

Operators will not get a paper exemption certificate.

Month MOT was originally due Date your vehicle must pass its MOT by Reason
March 2020 30 September 2020 Your vehicle has been given two 3-month exemptions
April 2020 31 October 2020 Your vehicle has been given two 3-month exemptions
May 2020 31 August 2020 Your vehicle will get one 3-month exemption
June 2020 30 September 2020 Your vehicle will get one 3-month exemption
July 2020 31 October 2020 Your vehicle will get one 3-month exemption
August 2020 30 November 2020 Your vehicle will get one 3-month exemption

Source: DVSA

Operators can check their vehicle or trailer’s MOT history to see when the exemption has been applied. This will usually be done at the start of the month the MOT was originally due to expire in.

Photo: TruckPR/ Flickr

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