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Coronavirus: MOTs for lorries, buses and trailers

Your lorry, bus or trailer will be exempt from needing an MOT for 3 months from 21 March 2020. You might need to apply for this, depending on your vehicle.

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COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

All lorry, bus or trailer annual tests (MOT) have been suspended from 21 March 2020 for 3 months because of the outbreak.

There are different arrangements for car, motorcycle and light vans MOTs.

What you need to do

In most cases, your lorry, bus or trailer will have been automatically issued a 3-month exemption, and you do not need to do anything.

You will not receive a paper exemption certificate. Instead, your MOT will be extended by 3 months from its current due date.

You can check your MOT history to see when you have been issued an exemption. It will not be updated straight away so you should check back if the date your MOT is now due has not been updated yet.

If your tax is due, you can tax your vehicle straight away.

Lorry, bus or trailer types that you need to apply for

You need to apply for an exemption if your vehicle fits into one of these categories:

How you apply depends on which category your vehicle fits in.

Check the MOT history of a vehicle if you do not know when its MOT expiry date is. You cannot use this service if your vehicle has not had an MOT before.

Any lorry, bus or trailer that needs a first MOT (annual test) before 31 March 2020

Email the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if your vehicle requires its first MOT (annual test) before 31 March 2020 and you have not been able to have the vehicle tested.

You need to include your:

  • name
  • phone number
  • address
  • vehicle registration number (number plate), vehicle identification number or trailer ID

Lorry, bus or trailer first MOT exemptions
retrokeyteam@dvsa.gov.uk

Make sure your email has the subject heading ‘First test exemptions’.

A lorry, bus or trailer returning to service where the test certificate expired before March 2020

Email DVSA if your vehicle or trailer test expires before March 2020 and you wish to bring it back into service and are unable to have it tested.

You need to include your:

  • name
  • phone number
  • address
  • vehicle registration number (number plate), vehicle identification number or trailer ID
  • test expiry date

Out of service vehicles
retrokeyteam@dvsa.gov.uk

Make sure your email has the subject heading ‘Out of service vehicles’.

An exemption certificate will be issued, or you will be given advice on obtaining a test.

A lorry or trailer needing a dangerous goods (ADR) test before 31 March 2020

Email DVSA if your vehicle requires an ADR test before 31 March 2020.

You need to include your:

  • name
  • phone number
  • address
  • vehicle registration number (number plate), vehicle identification number or trailer ID
  • ADR test expiry date

ADR enquiries
retrokeyteam@dvsa.gov.uk

Make sure your email has the subject heading ‘ADR enquiries’.

What to do if you have not been issued an exemption

Email DVSA if your lorry, bus or trailer has not been issued an MOT exemption and your MOT expired in March.

You need to include your:

  • name
  • phone number
  • address
  • vehicle registration number (number plate), vehicle identification number or trailer ID
  • test expiry date

Test exemption error
retrokeyteam@dvsa.gov.uk

Make sure your email has the subject heading ‘Test exemption error’.

Published 20 March 2020
Last updated 24 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Removed the section on what to do if your vehicle is a 'PSV with an MOT that expires in March 2020'. These have now had their MOT due date extended by 3-months and no longer need to apply for an exemption. Made it clear that you can tax your vehicle immediately if your MOT exemption has been issued.

  2. First published.