03 July 2020

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One of the Government’s earliest actions to help companies and individuals during the coronavirus crisis was to suspend MOT testing for six months.

From the end of March, all car and light van MOTs were extended by six months to allow vehicles to legally stay on the road through the complications of lockdown. It has been widely acknowledged as a sensible move that created some valuable breathing space for both companies and individuals during the worst of the last few months.

However, it has now been announced that the extensions will end on 31st July, meaning that businesses need to start giving MOTs some serious thought. Especially as there is the potential for a glut of demand from the end of September, when the first six month extensions come to an end at the same time as all the tests that were due anyway. This could potentially exceed the capacity at testing centres across the country.

That’s why we are advising Allstar ServicePoint customers to to take action now, using the platform to look at which vehicles will need testing over the next few months, whether extended or otherwise, and booking ahead now before there is a rush. There’s a possibility that, if you can’t get a test, vehicles will be forced off the road.

It remains a legal requirement for vehicles being driven on the road to be in a roadworthy condition. A vehicle can be unsafe even if your MOT expiry date has been extended.

Visit this page to remind yourself of the checks that should be carried out to see if your vehicle is safe to drive. If you have a commercial vehicle, there are different rules which can be viewed here.

If you’d like to find out more about Allstar ServicePoint, call our team on 0808 250 2287.

If you’re already a ServicePoint user and need help with finding an MOT testing slot, just get in touch with your ServicePoint Account Manager, who will be pleased to help.

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