If you are looking for a MOT Centre in Blackburn in September or October book early.
Why is it difficult to book in an MOT Centre in Blackburn in September and October?
MOT centres closed through the height of the COVID pandemic lock down in 2000 meaning MOT’s could not be completed. As the public and businesses were encouraged not to travel or open, it was recognised that key workers needed to continue with essential travel, even if their vehicles MOT had expired.
So the government granted a temporary exemption of MOT’s that applied on all cars, vans and motorcycles. This MOT exception ran for a period of 6 months from 30th March to 1st September 2020.
That meant on the easing of lockdown, it is estimated some 9.58 million vehicle owners had been effected and therefore had to get their vehicles MOT’ed immediately. The knock on effect remains on the anniversary in September and October some 3 years later and means that MOT Centres across the country will be extremely busy throughout this period.
But that does not mean you can just wait until the busy period has passed before booking an MOT. There are strict regulations around timings of an MOT that are important to follow. Remember, you can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.
When Can I Book Into An MOT Centre in Blackburn?
- If you want to keep the same MOT renewal date you can book your MOT one month, minus a day before it runs out.
- It is possible to get a MOT earlier, but the renewal date will be 12 months minus one day from the new MOT pass date.
- If your vehicles MOT has expired, you cannot park or use the vehicle on the road and you are liable for prosecution.
- The only exception to this would be travelling to or from a pre-arranged MOT or repair.
- An MOT can only be completed by an Approved MOT Test Centre. An MOT Test Centre will have the the blue sign with 3 white triangles and official certification on public display.
- If you don’t know your MOT expiry date, we can find it for your. Just give us a call on 01254 433383
How much does an MOT Cost?
Whilst there are no set fee’s for an MOT, there are maximum amounts that can be charged depending on the vehicle type. There is no VAT to pay on an MOT and as an example, the maximum fee that can be charged for a car and standard motorcycle is £54.85 and £29.65 respectively. You can see the maximum price for each vehicle type on the Government website here