Don’t forget the MOT extension is ending, motorists warned

Motorists have been reminded that the MOT extension period ends next week and those that forget could face a hefty fine, points on their licence or even a ban.

The extension was issued because of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, with the government announcing that cars with an MOT ending after March 30, 2020 would get an automatic six-month extension.

However, it recently announced that this would no longer apply to vehicles with an MOT ending on or after August 1, 2020.

Paul Loughlin, solicitor and a specialist in motoring law at Stephensons Solicitors LLP, has warned motorists that there will be no exemptions or extensions.

He said: "With the easing of lockdown restrictions, there can be an overwhelming urge to jump in our cars and travel anywhere other than being cooped up at home. However, that sense of urgency can come back to bite, particularly if you're found to be driving without a valid MOT or driving a dangerous vehicle.

"The government's decision to reintroduce mandatory testing from August 1, 2020 means that if your MOT is due on or after that date, you must book your vehicle in to be tested as usual. Failure to do so can result in a fine up to £1,000 and if your vehicle is found to be dangerous, it can mean fines of up to £2,500, three points on your license or even a possible ban from driving.

"There is so much going on at the moment that it can be easy to prioritise other areas. However, the cost of inaction can be so much greater, not only financially but also in respect of your safety and that of any passengers."

The solicitor also warned that rules around taxing and insuring your vehicle have not changed during this period.

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