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25 March 2020, 09:57
Car owners across the UK will be given a six month holiday on their MOTs amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Wednesday, the Government announced that cars, motorbikes ad vans will be exempt from MOTs for six months.
This means people whose MOTs run out within in the next six months do no need to get a new one.
However, this new legislation will come into effect on March 30, meaning if you car needs an MOT between now and then, you must still have it done.
This will become difficult for those people currently in self-isolation, and so the Department of Transport is working with insurers and police to make sure people aren't penalised for self-isolating.
It has been stated, though, that vehicles still need to be kept in "roadworthy condition", and that driver will still be prosecuted if they are driving an unsafe vehicles.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement: “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.”
Given the circumstances I'm granting an MOT temporary exemption so that if your MOT is due from 30th March 2020 you will automatically receive a SIX-month extension. However, you must still keep your car in a roadworthy condition and garages will remain open if you need repairs.— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) March 25, 2020
People are still being urged to only leave the house for necessary things including one form of exercise a day, vital supplies, to help or care for the vulnerable or to collect medication.