Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1st August 2020

Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted, Roads Minister Baroness Vere has announced on 29 June 2020.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the spread of the virus. However, as restrictions are eased when safe to do so, all drivers whose car, motorcycle or van is due for an MOT test from 1 August will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle.

Drivers with an MOT due date before 1 August will still receive a six month exemption from testing. However, all vehicles must continue to be properly maintained and kept in a roadworthy condition, and people are able to voluntarily get their MOT sooner should they wish, even if they are exempt from the legal requirement. Motorists can be prosecuted for driving an unsafe vehicle.

Lee Schofield, PMD Business Finance Director, commented:

‘This is good news for the garage and MOT sector. Not only will garages be busy with the regular MOTs due from 1st August, they should also have the extra work from those MOTs delayed during the lockdown.’

Although working remotely, PMD has remained very much open for business during the crisis, supporting all our clients and suppliers. Whether clients have wanted payment holidays for existing agreements, loans or new equipment finance, we have been there and fully resourced. Lee commented further:

‘PMD is the leading provider of business finance to the garage, MOT and body shop sector and we are eager to support any business looking to acquire equipment. If you have any business finance requirements please do not hesitate to contact us. We understand your sector and have the right funding solutions for you.’

To find out more about how business finance can help you and your business, contact Lee Schofield today on 0161 627 7091 or via email at

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