Is there a grace period for a MOT?
Is your car’s MOT due expire soon, and if so, you may be wondering if there’s a grace period for a mot? Whilst many people do believe a grace period exists regarding MOTs, that’s sadly not the case. There’s no set length of time after the due date that you can get away with your car not having an MOT. Get your car booked into Wyatt’s if its MOT is about to lapse. We’re a reputable local garage and the first point of call for MOTs in Barnsley and Wombwell. Read on to find out more about the rules surrounding MOTs.
Can I drive my car after its MOT expires?
No, if your car’s MOT has expired, you’re not allowed to drive it. The only exception to this is if you’ve booked an MOT and you’re driving to the test centre. Keep in mind that you’ll need to prove that you have an appointment if you’re stopped by police on the way. If you can’t do this, you risk ending up in hot water with the law. Not only might you land yourself fine of up to £1,000, but your car could even be impounded if it’s found to have an invalid MOT certificate. This can be seriously costly and inconvenient if you rely on your vehicle for work.
There’s another thing to consider if you’re contemplating driving without a valid MOT. Your insurer may refuse to pay out if you’re involved in a crash. They may declare your insurance as invalid, leaving you to cover the costs of repairing your car. The financial risks associated with driving after your MOT expires are very real, so think carefully before you drive without an up to date MOT certificate. You’re legally obliged to have an MOT every year if your car is over three years old.
Has the government extended MOTs during the pandemic?
During the UK’s national lockdown in March 2020, the government granted a six-month extension for many MOTs. The reason for this was that many garages had decided to shut in order to protect their staff and customers from the spread of Covid-19, even though they weren’t forced to do so legally. The result of this was that many people found it difficult to get their cars tested. The government extended MOTs that were due between March 30th and July 31st by six months.
For example, if your car’s MOT was due to expire in June, you’ll have until December to get your car tested. If your car passes the first time, your MOT will be renewed on the extension date. If it fails, the MOT will renew on the date it passes after that. You must book your MOT as normal if it was due after July 31st. You can’t extend your MOT for six months.
Will there be another MOT extension due to the second lockdown?
No, it doesn’t look like it. Garages offering MOTs in Barnsley and Wombwell are not being told to close during the lockdown in England which runs from November 5th to December 2nd. Most of them will remain open, using Covid-safe procedures to reduce the spread of the virus. It’s very unlikely that the government will introduce a second MOT extension. Therefore, it’s important to get your car booked in to a local garage for its MOT test if your MOT is due during this latest lockdown.
How can I find out when my car’s MOT is due?
Your car’s MOT due date is one of the key dates to remember when you own a car. However, it’s also one of the most commonly forgotten. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to find out when your car’s MOT expiry date is. You can check online for free using the government’s MOT checker tool. Visit www.gov.uk/check-mot-status and enter your car’s registration number. You then need to confirm the vehicle’s make and colour. The system will then tell you when the MOT is due.
As well as this, it will also inform you when the vehicle tax is due. As it’s so quick and simple to check your car’s MOT status and find out its MOT due date, there’s really no excuse for missing it and driving whilst its expired. What’s more is that if you subscribe to the Department of Transport’s free service, they will even send you a text message or email reminder a month before the MOT is up for renewal.
Book an MOT at Wyatt’s Auto Centre today
Taking the car for its annual MOT isn’t most people’s idea of fun. However, it’s important not to put it off. Delay it too long and you risk driving with an expired MOT and facing serious consequences as a result. You could face hefty fines, have your car impounded, and have your insurance deemed as invalid. What’s more, is that you could even cause a crash if the vehicle isn’t roadworthy. Experienced MOT testers can identify any problems or faults which could lead to accidents on the roads.
Wyatt’s has been providing MOTs in Wombwell and Barnsley for many years, with our team building a fantastic reputation for our professional and affordable services. We can usually offer same or next day MOTs, which means we can often test your car at short notice. We’ll carry out necessary repairs quickly too, returning your car to you in a safe and roadworthy condition as soon as possible. We aim to keep our prices as competitive as possible here at Wyatt’s, with MOTs starting at just £35.
If you want to book your car in for an MOT, it’s time to get in touch with us at Wyatts. Call 01226 979 087 to talk to one of our friendly and knowledgeable team. Alternatively, email us here and someone will get back to you right away.