Drivers could be fined and banned from the streets within a few days – if they are affected by a major change in the MOTs introduced during the coronavirus crisis.
Drivers who should take their vehicle to the test between March 30, 2020 and July 31, 2020 will benefit from a test extension during the first national lockdown.
The government automatically extended the certificates for six months due to the pandemic, which left behind some test centers in the winter.
But many certificates now expire within a few days, the express Reports.
Not all drivers have signed up for reminder messages. This means they can just forget to take their car for a test and risk their certificate expiring.
The DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) has warned the drivers concerned: “The MOT for your vehicle should expire on July 31, 2020.
“This will automatically be extended to January 31, 2021. You must receive your MOT by that date.”
There are no further enhancements, and vehicles for which a TÜV is due from August 1, 2020 must be tested as usual.
You cannot use your vehicle if the MOT is blank and there is a fine of up to £ 1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.
TÜV service and vehicle repair workshops were allowed to remain open during the current restrictions.
Several police forces have reported that in the past few months they have stopped drivers without a valid MOT as many are affected by the extension.
The Surrey Police Roads Policing Unit said, “In order for a vehicle to be used on a road, the documents must be in order.
“Last year, the government extended the TÜV for six months. Furthermore, the law is the law. “
The Association of British Insurers said insurers are likely to be “pragmatic” because of the extension, but drivers cannot exceed their MOT deadline without a valid apology.
A spokesman said: “Motorists should get their MOT the normal way.
“When this is not possible due to the effects of Covid-19, such as the need to self-isolate, insurers are pragmatic and do not punish you for something that is beyond your control.
“Safety is paramount and it is illegal to drive a car in a dangerous condition, so check your brakes, tires, and lights before driving.”