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What are the new MOT test rules and who is exempt?

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Here are the new rules (Picture: Sergei FadeichevTASS via Getty Images)

The coronavirus pandemic led to a lot changes across the country, and with many up and down the nation no longer needing or able to travel as much as before, MOT rules were among the altered protocols.

However lockdown measures are slowly being rolled back, and that will no doubt leave many car owners wondering if anything has changed when it comes to MOT checks.

With rules indeed due to be changed from today, here’s what you need to know…

What are the new MOT test rules?

Mandatory MOT testing has been reintroduced in the UK from today, 1 August.

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MOT expiry dates were previously extended by six months for all cars, vans or motorcycles which were due for a test on or after 30 March 2020.

However, now any cars, vans or motorcycles which are due MOT tests from today will be required to get a test certificate.

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Drivers, take heed (Picture: Getty Images)

Even though the rules have changed from today, those who qualified for the six-month extension can still make use of that extension.

So if your car was due an MOT test between  30 March and 31 July, you’re still exempt.

This means that your insurance is still valid, you can still tax your vehicle, your record will show the police that your MOT is valid until those six months are up.

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