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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

Coronavirus: MOTs for lorries, buses and trailers

Date: Monday 22 June 2020

Lorries, buses and trailers have been given 3-month exemptions from needing an MOT, as tests were suspended because of coronavirus. This means that the deadline to get your MOT has changed.

You can now book a lorry, bus or trailer MOT to take place from 4 July 2020 when tests restart. The deadline to get the test done depends on when the MOT was originally due.

There are different arrangements for car, motorcycle and light vans MOTs.

How the exemption works
Your 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:

You will not get a paper exemption certificate.

What you need to do
The table shows the date your vehicle must pass its MOT by, based on when it was originally due.

Month MOT was originally due Date your vehicle must pass its MOT by Reason
Mar-20 30-Sep-20 Your vehicle has been given two 3-month exemptions
Apr-20 31-Oct-20 Your vehicle has been given two 3-month exemptions
May-20 31-Aug-20 Your vehicle will get one 3-month exemption
Jun-20 30-Sep-20 Your vehicle will get one 3-month exemption
Jul-20 31-Oct-20 Your vehicle will get one 3-month exemption
Aug-20 30-Nov-20 Your vehicle will get one 3-month exemption

 

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

If your vehicle tax is due
You can tax your vehicle straight away if your vehicle tax is due. The MOT exemption will allow you to tax your vehicle.

Transporting dangerous goods
If you have been issued a 3-month MOT exemption, and you do not get your vehicle tested you must apply for a waiver to continue transporting dangerous goods.

What to do if you have not had an exemption
Email the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if your lorry, bus or trailer did not get an MOT exemption and your MOT expired.

You need to include your:

name
phone number
address
vehicle registration number (number plate), vehicle identification number or trailer ID
test expiry date

Test exemption error
retrokeyteam@dvsa.gov.uk

Make sure your email has the subject heading ‘Test exemption error’.