March 25, 2020
The government has announced a new exemption for drivers to help during the current self-isolation period. As of the 30th of March, all vehicle owners will be granted a six month exemption on MOT testing.
This is to allow drivers to continue to be able to travel for work, where absolutely necessary, and to get to the shops for food and other essentials like medicine.
All cars, vans and motorcycles that would usually require an MOT will be covered by this exemption, but vehicles will still need to be kept in a roadworthy condition and drivers will still be prosecuted if their vehicle is deemed unsafe.
If a vehicle is due an MOT before next Monday when the exemption comes into place this will still need to be completed as planned.
At this point in time, the government has advised that garages will remain open for essential repair work over the next few weeks.
If you are having to drive, the general advice is to still observe social distancing measures and it is suggested that when using a petrol station, drivers take advantage of the pay at pump feature.
Along with the MOT exemption the government also announced that all practical driving tests and annual lorry, coach and bus tests will be suspended for up to three months.