Millions of motorists across the UK are advised to check their MOT dates, with the coronavirus extension expiring in less than four weeks.
Consumer expert Martin Lewis said that anyone who had to check the car between March 30 and July 31 automatically qualified for an extension of six months, but unlike the pay and loan holidays , this will not be extended.
The six-month extension applies from the MOT expiration date, he explained.
Consequently, not everyone will have to book their MOT next month.
“If it was scheduled for July 17th, you won’t have to book your check until January 17th,” Martin said at the Money Show tonight.
“It’s important to know the rules,” he added, adding that the six-month MOT break ends on July 31st.
“If your MOT falls after this date, you will have to book it immediately.
“Remember, however, that your car is suitable for extension if it is suitable for circulation. Otherwise, you must have it checked.”
MOT car tests will be mandatory again in Britain from August 1, the government announced this week.
Drivers who had to perform the annual check between 30 March and 31 July had an extended deadline of six months to curb the spread of the virus.
But the extensions won’t apply to anyone with a MOT date after August 1, ministers announced.
This means that if your car’s MOT is due up to and including July 31st, you still automatically extended it by six months and it hasn’t changed.
But if the MOT of your car, motorbike or van is scheduled for August 1 or later, there is no extension policy and you should book a MOT as usual.
Some garages remained open during the coronavirus epidemic and MOT tests have already started again.
Roger Griggs, director of communications for Kwik Fit, said: “Our data has shown that for every week the extension is in place, more than 150,000 unsuitable vehicles are granted a free pass, with about a third of those with defects dangerous.
“It is vital for road safety that these cars are physically checked as soon as possible.
“We urge drivers not to rely on an automatic extension, especially since everyone starts earning more miles as the blockade is simplified.”
AA President Edmund King added: “It makes sense to reintroduce MOT tests from August 1, 2020 now that Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted and all garages and dealerships are open.
“Car traffic is already on the rise and will grow as more drivers return to the road with the reopening of hospitality and travel with their families for” stay “holidays.
“The extension was a pragmatic move to help drivers in self-isolation, but as services resume, we agree that reintroducing MOT on good notice will help drivers and make our roads safer.”