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What is the grace period for MOT tests?

21st July 2021

Many people believe that there is a two-week grace period for lapsed MOTs – which can allow drivers a leeway period to get their vehicle booked in for their MOT test. Unfortunately, despite popular belief, the ‘MOT grace period’ is actually a myth.

MOT expiry grace period

If your MOT has expired, it is illegal to be driving on the road – and there is no official grace period to suggest otherwise. If you are caught driving without an MOT, you will likely receive a fine of up to £1,000 – and, in some cases, you may also have your vehicle impounded.

As well as this, driving without a valid MOT certificate is likely to cause your car insurance to be invalid, too – which means that you may not be protected if you are involved in a road accident. Learn more about how early you can MOT your vehicle now from our guide, and ensure your car is always prepared for the road.

COVID-19 MOT grace period

However, although the ‘MOT grace period’ is generally a myth and does not allow an extension period for vehicles with MOTs that are expiring, the exception to this was during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Many garages and dealerships had to close their doors for a substantial period of time – which led to a MOT extension period agreed to by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Authority (DVSA).

This, however, was not a permanent grace period fixture – and extended MOT expiry dates by six months due to the coronavirus outbreak. This temporary MOT extension period applied to vehicles with MOTs that were due to expire between 30th March – 31st July, 2020.

Now you’ve learnt how the MOT expiry grace period is a myth, it’s important to get your MOT test booked in. Locate your nearest branch and book your MOT test today.