Farmers reminded that MOT extensions are set to expire

The National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) is urging farmers and crofters to keep planning ahead when it comes to vehicle MOTs due to potential delays linked to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Vehicle MOT extensions, granted at the outset of the pandemic, have been lifted and farmers and crofters are being urged to check the MOT status of their vehicles on the UK government website and, if required, to book a test well in advance.

Members can check when their MOTs are due online and contact their test centre/garage in plenty of time to provide as much notice as possible.

Chairman of NFUS’s Legal and Technical Committee, Tom French, said:

The implications of being caught out and having a delay in getting your MOT can seriously impact on the day job.

“This is a gentle reminder to check and, if needed, book your MOT in advance, giving plenty of notice to your garage to avoid disappointment.

“You don’t have to wait until your MOT expires to book a test. Booking an early MOT may bring the renewal date forward but it may also give peace of mind.

“When taking your vehicle in for its test, please follow all Covid-19 guidance to keep yourself and others safe.”

Mandatory MOT testing was reintroduced in the UK from August 1.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the spread of the virus.

However, as restrictions are eased when safe to do so, all drivers whose car, motorcycle or van is due for an MOT test from August 1 will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle.