DVSA has updated the guidance for MOT managers and testers on providing MOT tests during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Rules on opening

You can continue to provide MOT tests in all parts of Great Britain. This includes in:

  • Tier 1 to 4 areas in England
  • protection level 0 to 4 areas in Scotland
  • alert level 1 to 4 areas in Wales

MOT extensions

Vehicle owners were given a 6-month extension to their MOT if it was due between 30 March 2020 and 31 July 2020. People must book an MOT as normal if their MOT is due from 1 August 2020.

Check the guidance for vehicle owners.

If someone becomes unwell in your MOT centre

If anyone has coronavirus symptoms, they should be sent home and advised to follow the stay at home guidance.

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.

Using assistants

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 have 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.

At the end of the MOT test

Dispose of single-use gloves in a suitable container and wash your hands.

MOT certificates

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.

Taking payments

Avoid handling cash. Use mobile or contactless card payments where possible.

View the full guidance online