Coronavirus: Drivers to get six-month emergency MOT extension

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Motorists frightened about getting an MOT due to the coronavirus disaster, have been handed a six-month reprieve.

The authorities has granted automobile homeowners a six-month exemption from MOT testing.

However, it will not are available in till Monday 30 March which implies autos due an MOT earlier than then should nonetheless take it.

The exemption “will enable vital services such as deliveries to continue, frontline workers to get to work, and people get essential food and medicine,” the federal government mentioned.

The exemption will apply to automobiles, bikes and vans, however the authorities warned that autos have to be saved in a roadworthy situation.

Garages will stay open for important restore work whereas drivers will face prosecution in the event that they’re caught driving unsafe autos.

“We must ensure those on the frontline of helping the nation combat COVID19 are able to do so,” mentioned Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

“Safety is key, which is why garages will remain open for essential repair work.”

Legally sound

The Department of Transport mentioned the move will not hit any insurance coverage claims throughout the interval as a result of they are going to be successfully extending MOT certificates that means they are going to stay legitimate for insurance coverage functions.

The new legislation shall be launched on 30 March when it’s going to come into rapid impact for 12 months.

It’s not being launched instantly as a result of the federal government mentioned it should guarantee laws are legally sound earlier than coming into drive.

That means there shall be a brief session with key organisations earlier than subsequent Monday.

But it does imply that drivers will nonetheless have to get their automobile examined till the brand new laws come into place, if they should use it.

However, if you cannot get an MOT that is due since you’re in self-isolation, the Department for Transport mentioned it’s working with insurers and the police to make sure individuals aren’t unfairly penalised for issues out of their management.

Practical driving exams and annual testing for lorries, buses and coaches have already been suspended for as much as three months.

‘Exceptional instances’

The RAC mentioned the move was a optimistic one, though drivers should stay accountable.

“We are in exceptional times and that calls for exceptional measures like this,” an RAC spokesperson mentioned.

“But it’s vital every driver remembers the roadworthiness of their car is their responsibility. If they know it’s got problems or was likely to fail its MOT they should not be driving it.”

At MOT centres throughout the nation, further precautions have already been put in place to guard prospects and employees.

At National Tyres and Autocare, as an illustration, employees routinely put on protecting barrier gloves, match seat covers and use ground mats earlier than engaged on buyer’s autos.

Meanwhile technicians work on ramps which are suitably spaced aside and prospects don’t have to work together with employees within the workshops area.

“Our customers have been asking if they still need to MOT their vehicles and, of course, it’s vital that everything is maintained and kept roadworthy, so today’s announcement that MOTs will be exempt for the next six months is welcome news for everybody,” mentioned Michael Bourne, advertising and marketing director on the agency.

“We all recognise our role to stop the spread of germs, while keeping key workers on the road and able to do their jobs,” he mentioned.