All vehicles are built differently, and there are just some aspects of some of them that give them an advantage over others when they are going through the MOT test. While MOT tests are annual and mandatory, post three years of owning a vehicle, the cars that go through them have to pass, to drive them on the roads in the UK. If a vehicle does not clear the MOT test, they have to make sure they are repaired, and the same aspects that did not clear have to be improved to get through the test again. They conduct the MOT tests to make sure vehicles on the road are safe, roadworthy, and do not cause a lot of pollution.
With the Coronavirus spreading as fast as it is, people were advised not to leave their houses unnecessarily, which meant most of them were staying at home and getting their work done remotely. With the pandemic at its peak in April, the Government announced a six-month delay for all vehicles, registered from 30th March to 31st July from getting an MOT test. While the delay was cut short, all vehicles that needed to be registered during that period were allowed to push forward by six months. They could still get them checked and fixed since all garages were open since they were now categorised as essential services. Additionally, the MOT testing centres were also open, and people were allowed to get their cars fixed if they wanted to.n
To make the process more convenient, some of the changes made were allowing them to check MOT online. These statuses could be verified, and they could accordingly get the sections of their vehicles that were not performing well, fixed. Additionally, this information was available to all owners and garages so they could only fix the parts that were not worked on before.
Furthermore, they were allowed to find garages that were convenient for them to visit and book MOT there. These changes saved everyone the time and energy of waiting at the centre for their turn. It also prevented people from unnecessarily meeting and interacting with one another. A few garages and testing centres went a step further to assist with the registrations were open to sending their representatives to the house. They would collect the vehicle and take it through the test. They would then drop it off with the test results. The cars were properly cleaned to reduce the possibility of anyone getting infected by the virus.
Through the pandemic, the month of June saw 1.3 million vehicle registrations across the UK. Additionally, statistically, car dealerships are seeing a decline in the number of people purchasing new cars, which implies that there are a lot of older cars in the country this year. These changes amplify the importance of MOT tests since these cars are more like to have issues or need the tests done.