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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – 26/03/2020

Suspension on MOT Announced by UK Government

It has been announced by Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, that we now have a 6 month period to book MOT tests If your car, motorbike or van is due to have one.

MOT suspended

As of the 30th March 2020, all cars, vans and motorbikes requiring a MOT test will be granted a six-month extension to its current certificate. Upcoming MOT tests will need to be rescheduled, but all vehicles need to be kept roadworthy.

Speculation in the motor trade had been increasing as to whether MOT tests would still be feasible, and what it would mean to an insurance policy if drivers couldn’t get out to have their vehicles tested. The delayed time scale for MOT testing will be in place for 12 months, allowing people and business like the motor trade, to continue following the coronavirus pandemic guidelines set out by the government, like only travelling when necessary.

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, always stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family.

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

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The Transport Secretary 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.”

This particular extension which relates to new and used cars, vans and motorbikes follows the recent government announcement about heavy goods and public service vehicles. These have been granted a three month grace period, this way businesses can continue delivering supplies and essential work during the current crisis.

Shapps also added that all cars affected by the MOT extension need to be kept in a “roadworthy condition”.

Car showrooms which form part of the motor trade sector have been shut since the Prime Minister’s instruction that all non-essential shops should close until further notice, but garages have remained open as an essential business so vehicles including new and used cars, can be repaired if required.

So not to invalidate your insurance policy, it’s recommended you always keep your insurer up to date of any changes to your current situation and vehicles documentation.