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25 March 2020
The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency has today announced six-month MOT exemptions “to allow people to carry on with essential travel.”
The measure applies to all motorcycles, cars and vans which would normally require MOT testing.
It relates to tests due from 30 March 2020 and is designed to “enable vital services to continue, frontline workers to get to work, and people to get essential food and medicine.”
If your MOT is due before 30 March, then you will still need to get your vehicle tested and passed if you need to use it.
Naturally drivers and registered keepers will remain bound to keep their vehicles in a roadworthy condition or face prosecution.
Announcing the temporary MOT exemptions, 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.”
He added: “Safety is key, which is why garages will remain open for essential repair work.”
In line with wider advice from the Government and public health authorities, the move is designed only to enable travel which is absolutely essential.
You should only leave home for the reasons specifically specified by the Government.
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