Vehicle Owners Granted MoT Exemption Due To Coronavirus

Cars, motorcycles and vans to be granted MoT exemption. This will allow people to carry on with essential travel. Vehicles must be kept in roadworthy condition
Vehicle owners will be granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing, enabling them to continue to travel to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home, or shop for necessities.All cars, vans and motorcycles which usually would require an MOT test will be exempted from needing a test from 30 March. Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition, and garages will remain open for essential repair work. Drivers can be prosecuted if driving unsafe vehicles. Advice on keeping a vehicle in a good condition can be found here.People should stay at home and avoid travel. The only reasons people should leave their homes is set out in the government guidance.Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:“We must ensure those on the frontline of helping the nation combat COVID19 are able to do so.“Allowing this temporary exemption from vehicle testing will enable vital services such as deliveries to continue, frontline workers to get to work, and people get essential food and medicine.“Safety is key, which is why garages will remain open for essential repair work.”Legislation will be introduced on March 30 and will come into immediate effect for 12 months, following a short consultation with key organisations. Drivers will still need to get their vehicle tested until the new regulations come into place, if they need to use it.If you can’t get an MoT that’s due because you’re in self-isolation, the Department for Transport is working with insurers and the police to ensure people aren’t unfairly penalised for things out of their control.Practical driving tests and annual testing for lorries, buses and coaches have been suspended for up to three months.
Contact Information Hywel Barrett Senior Press Officer 0207 944 494207887 824244 hywel.barrett@dft.gov.uk
Notes to editors. Drafting new laws takes time and, while we are acting as quickly as possible, we must ensure regulations are legally sound before coming into force.Drivers with an expiring MoT before Monday, who need to use their vehicle, will need to get their vehicle tested to stay legal on the road.Drivers must not take their vehicle for an MOT test if they’re having to stay at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms (self-isolation).All drivers should follow advice on staying at home and away from others and keep at least 2 metres from customers and members of staff at all times DVSA will update vehicle MoT details a week before the test is due.

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