Last reviewed 10 February 2021

In 2020, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) issued exemptions to help transport operators keep their vehicles on the road and to help Authorised Testing Facilities (ATFs) manage the number of vehicles and trailers coming in for test.

This has meant, however, that plans for MOT testing in 2021 have been disrupted with some months looking likely to be much busier than usual.

After discussions with ATFs and operators, the DVSA has calculated that April is the first month where a higher number of tests compared to a regular testing year can be predicted.

In February and March, there are a lower number of tests due to expire than normal, meaning that ATFs will have spare capacity in those months.

“Through our previous messages, we worked with you and ATFs to minimise the number of vehicles coming in early, so we could guarantee tests for those who needed them,” the DVSA said in a note to operators. “We’re relaxing this now because we’ve got a better idea about the tests due in each month.”

The DVSA is now encouraging operators and ATFs to consider rescheduling some tests into February or March to take advantage of the quieter periods and to ensure that the due dates for tests in future years will be more evenly spread throughout the year.

Operators seeking a heavy goods vehicle (HGV), bus or trailer MOT can find out if their local ATF or nearby sites have test availability by checking at