Guidance for MOT managers and testers on providing MOT tests during coronavirus (COVID-19), including staying open and working safely.
Applies to England, Scotland and Wales
Stay up to date
This guide tells you about carrying out MOT tests during coronavirus (COVID-19).
It will be updated if anything changes.
There’s separate guidance for vehicle owners about getting an MOT during coronavirus.
Follow the government guidance about working safely during COVID-19. This includes what you need to do to:
- manage risk
- decide who should go to work
- put social distancing in place
- manage customers, visitors and contractors
- clean the workplace
- wear face coverings safely
Rules on opening
You can continue to provide MOT tests in all parts of Great Britain. This includes in:
- Tier 1 to 4 areas and the national lockdown in England
- protection level 0 to 4 areas and the temporary lockdown in Scotland
- alert level 1 to 4 areas in Wales
If someone becomes unwell in your MOT centre
Refuse to carry out a test if the customer has symptoms and should be in self-isolation.
Before the MOT test
Reception staff should wear single-use gloves to handle keys.
Viewing and waiting areas
If you can follow social distancing rules, you can allow customers to:
- view the MOT test
- wait in reception
You can limit or close these areas if you want to.
You should open the vehicle’s windows 5 minutes before starting the test to ventilate the vehicle.
During the MOT test
Using single-use gloves
Use a new pair of single-use gloves for every test. You should change them:
- after you’ve finished the interior and exterior checks
- after each test
This includes the tester and any assistant.
Using seat covers
Use a new seat cover for every cars or passenger vehicle (class 3, 4, 5 and 7) MOT test.
You will need to use assistants at times.
Inside the vehicle
When using an assistant, they should not be inside the vehicle while you carry out the interior checks.
They should only enter the vehicle after you’ve completed the checks and are 2 metres away (where possible) from the driver’s door.
Underside and under-bonnet checks
When using an assistant, they should stay inside the vehicle while you carry out the necessary checks.
The assistant should keep the windows closed if possible. If that’s not possible because it makes it hard to communicate, they should only open the window as far as is necessary so you can hear each other.
The assistant should safely get out of the vehicle as soon as you no longer need their help from inside.
Front suspension checks
Your assistant does not need to repeat these checks if you do not have any concerns:
- wheels raised (rock and shake the wheels)
- wheels resting on turning plates
If you feel play but cannot identify the cause, your assistant should repeat the checks while you watch from the underside.
Motorcycles (class 1 and 2 vehicles)
Follow social distancing rules wherever possible when carrying out motorcycle tests. However, this will not be possible for some parts of the test.
You must use an assistant for all parts of the test that need one. However, you should:
- minimise the time you spend near each other
- carry out the test to the right quality
At the end of the MOT test
Dispose of single-use gloves in a suitable container and wash your hands.
Do not print MOT certificates unless the customer needs it for a specific reason.
Tell customers they can download and print the certificate when they get home and check their MOT history.
Avoid handling cash. Use mobile or contactless card payments where possible.
The contactless payment limit in the UK is £45.