11th Aug, 2020

MoT testing suspended for six months in face of Covid-19 crisis

Ross Crawford 25th Mar, 2020

VEHICLE owners are being 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 March 30.

The Department for Transport says vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition, and garages will remain open for essential repair work.

Drivers can still be prosecuted if driving unsafe vehicles.

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.

For those who cannot get an MoT that’s due because they’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.

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