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Cars exempt from MOT tests for six months during coronavirus outbreak

Drivers whose cars are due an MOT test need not worry about getting the vehicle to a garage as the government has announced a six-month exemption.

The move has been made to ensure people can still travel to work, when it is absolutely necessary, or get to the shops for necessities while reducing risks of contracting Covid-19.

All cars, vans and motorcycles which usually would require an MOT test will be exempt from March 30. The government has said vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition, and garages will remain open for essential repair work. Drivers can still be prosecuted if their vehicles is unsafe.

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 cannot get an MOT because you are in self-isolation, the Department for Transport is working with insurers and the police to ensure people are not unfairly penalised.

Practical driving tests and annual testing for lorries, buses and coaches have been suspended for up to three months.

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