MANDATORY MOT tests will once again be required from August 1.

In light of the Covid-19 outbreak, drivers were granted a six month exemption from MOT testing in March.

Now the Government is slowly lifting its Covid-19-related restrictions, any drivers whose car, motorbike or van is due for an MOT test from August 1 will be required to ensure a test is carried out.

Drivers with an MOT due date before August 1 will still receive a six-month exemption from testing.

However, all vehicles must continue to be properly maintained and kept in a roadworthy condition, and people are able to voluntarily get their MOT sooner should they wish, even if they are exempt from the legal requirement.

Motorists can still be prosecuted for driving an unsafe vehicle.

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said yesterday: “As people return to our roads, it is vital that motorists are able to keep their vehicles safe. That’s why as restrictions are eased, from 1 August MOT testing will again become mandatory.

“Garages across the country are open and I urge drivers who are due for their MOT to book a test as soon they can.”

A Government spokesman added: “If drivers are vulnerable or self-isolating they should contact their local garage as many are offering pick-up and drop-off services, so drivers can get their car checked without having to visit a garage.”