Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Motoring and coronavirus

In this section you'll find information and updates related to coronavirus that are relevant to the law on motoring.

The UK's response to coronavirus is changing regularly and often very quickly. While we'll continue to make every effort to keep this page up to date, there may be short periods where what you read here is not the latest information available. Where possible we've tried to provide links to official government resources, so you can check the current situation.

MOT extensions

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the availability of MOT certificate testing providers has been disrupted.

England, Wales and Scotland

If your vehicle's MOT expires between 30 March 2020 and 29 March 2021 (inclusive), you can continue to drive it without a valid MOT certificate for up to 6 months from the original expiry date. The extension should be applied for you, automatically.

This extension does not apply to goods vehicles or public service vehicles.

If the vehicle fails an MOT test during the extension period, you can't drive the vehicle until it is made MOT compliant.

You still need to keep the vehicle roadworthy during the extension period – you can still be punished if you're stopped by police and they find your vehicle is unsafe.

See the GOV.UK guidance for more.

Northern Ireland

Vehicle testing at DVA test centres has been suspended until 22 June 2020. Temporary extension arrangements are in place but differ depending on the age of your vehicle. See nidirect for more.

DVLA and DVA service restrictions

England, Wales and Scotland

Online DVLA services are available, but they will only deal with paper applications from people directly involved with the COVID-19 response.

They are further prioritising applications that relate to heavy goods vehicle drivers and key workers.

There are delays in issuing licence renewals for drivers with medical conditions.

See GOV.UK for more.

Northern Ireland

The DVA can only be contacted by email currently. See nidirect for current service restrictions.

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