Coronavirus update: MOT tests suspended for six months

Coronavirus update: MOT tests suspended for six months

At #TeamArbury, in order to help answer some of the questions we're understandably receiving, we’re here to keep you informed of any changes in driving regulations.

This morning (25th March), the Department for Transport (DfT) announced that vehicle owners in Britain will be granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing from 30th March. These emergency measures are to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), while allowing drivers to continue essential travel, including key workers, and those who use a car in order to buy food and medication.

The rules apply to cars, motorcycles and vans, and mean that if you're self-isolating, and your vehicle’s MOT test is going to expire soon, you don't need to get it renewed until ‘lockdown’ ends. Paper certificates will not be reissued, but digital records will be amended, so that vehicles can continue to operate.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

“We must ensure those on the frontline of helping the nation combat COVID-19 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 to get essential food and medicine. Safety is key, which is why garages will remain open for essential repair work.”

The government is keen to stress that this exemption is providing your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition. You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get three penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

As all of our Arbury locations are closed, any upcoming MOT test appointments have been cancelled – please do not travel to any of our dealerships. MOT test rebooking will commence once we are back open – please keep an eye on our News page for further updates.

For more information

Read the announcement from the government in full here.

The gov.uk website also has other helpful links for reference:

• Check your MOT history: https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history
• Vehicle maintenance and safety: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/annex-6-vehicle-maintenance-safety-and-security
• Guidance for vehicles with MOT tests due before 30th March:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-cars-vans-and-motorcycles-due-before-30-march-2020
• Full guidance on staying at home: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others

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