Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said:
SMMT has been in regular discussion with government about lifting the six-month MOT extension, so it is welcome news that the provision will end on 1 August. While it is reassuring that many vehicles were tested on their original due date during lockdown, road traffic levels are rising and millions of vehicles, many of which have been sitting idle for weeks, now have deferred test dates.
It is critical, therefore, to ensure that the upcoming bow-wave in demand for testing, service and repair can be managed effectively to keep vehicles safe and ensure consumers and keyworkers, in particular, are not inconvenienced. Motorists can be reassured that garages have appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures in place and can offer vehicle collections and deliveries to help the most vulnerable in society.