Mandatory MOT tests will once again be required from August 1, it has been announced today.

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 today: "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."

Andy Randall, Managing Director of Halfords Autocentres said the national firm welcomes the Government's announcement today.

“Halfords have been engaging with the DfT over recent weeks and welcome this step by government, which is extremely positive for road safety," he said.

"We firmly believe the MOT test is still the best way to ensure vehicles are safe to drive.

“Our research in recent weeks showed 45 per cent of motorists were concerned about the condition of other vehicles, yet only two per cent felt there might be an issue with their own, indicating a worrying false sense of security may have been taking hold for many drivers.”

“Halfords Autocentres have already seen a rise in MOT bookings over recent weeks, and our technicians are ready to get motorists across Britain back on the road safely.”