MOT Test Extension & How To Check Your Vehicle Is ‘Safe To Drive’

The Latest Guidelines On Your MOT

The 6 month MOT extension will end on 1st August 2020.


Due to Covid-19, the Government granted drivers a 6 month extension on their MOT tests from March 31st. As restrictions are being eased and more drivers are getting back on the roads, all vehicles that are due for an MOT from 1 August will be required to get it tested.

How The 6 Month MOT Test Extension Works

Your vehicle’s MOT expiry date will automatically be extended by 6 months if it’s eligible. This will be done just before it’s due to expire, however your vehicle must be ‘safe to drive’.

  • Your vehicle will still have a valid MOT certificate for an extra 6 months.
  • You can still tax your vehicle – you might need to wait to do this until later in the month if both your MOT and vehicle tax run out this month.
  • Your insurance will still be valid.
  • Your vehicle’s record will be updated so the police can see you have a valid MOT.

You will NOT get a new paper MOT certificate with a new expiry date on it.

But you are responsible for making sure your vehicle is always safe to drive (‘roadworthy’). It can be unsafe to drive even if you have a current MOT certificate.

MOT Extension

You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

Although there is a very strict criteria for an MOT test our GX mechanics have come up with a quick and easy ‘safe to drive checklist’ for you to carry out in the comfort of your own driveway to make sure your vehicle is safe to drive.

If you are not confident in carrying out these checks yourself, while we are still open we are offering a ‘safe to drive’ check service to all customers to ensure your vehicle is road legal.

Safe To Drive Checklist: How To Check Your Vehicle


Windscreen & Wipers

Check the windscreen is clear and the wipers are in good condition, with no tears.



Check all lights are in working order. (Ask a family member that your isolating with to stand outside the car and confirm lights function properly).



Check tyre tread depth and tyre pressures (legal limit must be more than 1.6mm)


Fluid Levels

Check screen wash, brake fluid, coolant and oil level and top up if necessary.



Check operation of the brake pedal and check there are no vibrations, juddering, squealing or grinding noises when driving and braking.



Check all your mirrors are intact and secure to ensure you can use them safely.

For further information on our ‘Safe To Drive’ Check or any questions you have please call us on 01242 672125 or email to chat with a member of our team.


For all of the information on our latest updates regarding our GX Covid-19 regulations please click here.


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Gotherington Cross Garage, Evesham Road, Gotherington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. GL52 8SA