Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

The Government had granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the spread of the virus.

Roads minister Baroness Vere said: 'As people return to our roads, it is vital that motorists are able to keep their vehicles safe. That’s why as restrictions are eased, from 1 August MOT testing will again become mandatory.'

The move was welcomed by the RAC, who warned any further extension could lead to unroadworthy vehicles being driven.

RAC head of policy, Nicholas Lyes, said: 'RAC research suggests drivers are very wary about making use of the six-month extension and driving cars that have gone past their MOT due date.

'Just one-in-seven (14%) surveyed said they were intending to do so, with three times that proportion (44%) plan on getting their car checked as normal.'