MOTs for heavy vehicles suspended

In light of the on-going coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Government has announced that MOTs for heavy vehicles have been suspended for up to three months to help tackle the spread of the disease.

This suspension covers lorries, buses and trailers. All HGV vehicles with an MOT will be issued with a 3-month certificate of temporary exemption (CTE) until further notice. However, Vehicles must be maintained, kept in a roadworthy condition and operate within the terms of operators’ licence conditions.

What you need to do

In most cases, your vehicle or trailer will be automatically issued a three-month exemption, and you do not need to do anything. You will not receive a paper exemption certificate. Instead, your MOT will be extended by 3 months from its current due date.

Vehicle types that you need to apply for

You need to apply for an exemption if your vehicle fits into one of these categories:

· a public service vehicle (PSV) with an MOT that expires in March 2020

· any vehicle that needs a first MOT (annual test) before 31 March 2020

· a vehicle or trailer returning to service where the test certificate expired before March 2020

· a vehicle needing a dangerous goods (ADR) test before 31 March 2020

How you apply depends on which category your vehicle fits in.

Any vehicle that needs a first MOT (annual test) before 31 March 2020

Email DVSA if your vehicle requires its first MOT before 31 March 2020 and you have not been able to have the vehicle tested.

You need to include your:

· name

· phone number

· address

· vehicle registration number (number plate), vehicle identification number or trailer ID

A vehicle or trailer returning to service where the test certificate expired before March 2020

Email DVSA if your vehicle or trailer test expires before March 2020 and you wish to bring it back into service and are unable to have it tested.

You need to include your:

· name

· phone number

· address

· vehicle registration number (number plate), vehicle identification number or trailer ID

· test expiry date

What to do if you have not been issued an exemption

Email DVSA if your vehicle has not been issued an MOT exemption and your MOT expired in March. You need to include your:
· name

· phone number

· address

· vehicle registration number (number plate), vehicle identification number or trailer ID

· test expiry date

For further guidance, visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-lorries-buses-and-trailers

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