You can book an HGV, bus or trailer annual test (MOT) - the deadline to get the test done depends on when the MOT was originally due.
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This page tells you what to do about your heavy goods vehicle (HGV), bus or trailer MOT during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
It will be updated if anything changes.
HGVs, buses and trailers have been given 3-month exemptions from needing an MOT, as tests were suspended because of coronavirus. This means that the deadline to get your MOT has changed.
You can now book an HGV, bus or trailer MOT as tests have restarted. The deadline to get the test done depends on when the MOT was originally due.
There are different arrangements for car, motorcycle and light vans MOTs.
How the exemption works
Your HGV, bus or trailer will automatically get a 3-month MOT exemption from the date it was originally due.
Vehicles and trailers originally due an MOT:
- in March or April 2020 have been given two 3-month exemptions
- in May, June, July or August 2020 will only get one 3-month exemption
You will not get a paper exemption certificate.
What you need to do
The table shows the date your vehicle must pass its MOT by, based on when it was originally due.
|Month MOT was originally due||Date your vehicle must pass its MOT by||Reason|
|March 2020||30 September 2020||Your vehicle has been given two 3-month exemptions|
|April 2020||31 October 2020||Your vehicle has been given two 3-month exemptions|
|May 2020||31 August 2020||Your vehicle will get one 3-month exemption|
|June 2020||30 September 2020||Your vehicle will get one 3-month exemption|
|July 2020||31 October 2020||Your vehicle will get one 3-month exemption|
|August 2020||30 November 2020||Your vehicle will get one 3-month exemption|
You can check your vehicle or trailer’s MOT history to see when the exemption has been applied. This will be usually be done at the start of the month the MOT was originally due to expire in.
If your vehicle tax is due
You can tax your vehicle straight away if your vehicle tax is due. The MOT exemption will allow you to tax your vehicle.
Transporting dangerous goods
If you have been issued a 3-month MOT exemption, and you do not get your vehicle tested you must apply for a waiver to continue transporting dangerous goods.
What to do if you have not had an exemption
Email the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if your HGV, bus or trailer did not get an MOT exemption and your MOT expired.
You need to include your:
- phone number
- vehicle registration number (number plate), vehicle identification number or trailer ID
- test expiry date
Test exemption error
Make sure your email has the subject heading ‘Test exemption error’.