Government clarifies MOT extension and how to undertake MOT’s safely


The government has confirmed that garages can still carry out MOT tests. Vehicles that had an MOT due to expire from 30 March 2020 were automatically given a 6-month extension but the MOT extension will no longer apply if a customer takes a vehicle for its MOT and it fails. The vehicle will need to be fixed and pass its MOT before it can be used again.

What to do if someone becomes unwell in your MOT centre

The government advise that if anyone has coronavirus symptoms, they should be sent home and advised to follow the stay at home guidance.

Refuse to carry out a test if the customer has symptoms and should be in self-isolation.

Limiting the spread of coronavirus at your centre

You should:

  • Follow social distancing advice and keep at least 2 metres between customers and members of staff at all times
  • Remind employees and customers to wash their hands for 20 seconds more frequently than normal
  • Frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, using your standard cleaning products
  • Use seat covers and new disposable gloves for every test
  • Close viewing areas if you want to.

MOT certificates

Do not print MOT certificates unless the customer needs it for a specific reason. Tell customers they can download and print the certificate when they get home and check their MOT history.

Taking payments

Avoid handling cash and use contactless card payments where possible. The contactless payment limit in UK increased from £30 to £45.

You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving, and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

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