Coronavirus: Drivers to get six-month exemption on MOTs

Testing will be exempted from March 30 to help essential travel to continue during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Motorists in Britain will be granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing, to help essential travel to continue during the coronavirus pandemic, the UK Government has announced.

From March 30, all cars, vans and motorcycles will be cleared from needing a test.

But the UK’s department for transport warned drivers that vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition. Please refer to the GOV.UK for more information.

Explaining how the exemption would work, the government said as an example that if your car’s MOT was due to expire on April 3 this year, it would now be extended to October 3.

If your vehicle’s first MOT was due, it will be automatically be given a six-month exemption from that date.

If your first MOT was due before March 30 and your vehicle did not pass, you will not get an exemption and will need for your car to pass an MOT before you can drive it again.

MOT centres will remain open, the government said, as will garages so that essential repair work can continue.

You can still get an MOT if you need your vehicle to shop for basic necessities like food or medicine; for any medical need or to help a vulnerable person; or to go to work if necessary.

Dear Customers,

Keeping You On The Move

Dear customer,

Following last night’s announcement from the Prime Minister, I can confirm that our Garage will remain open and were reasonably possible we will collect and return vehicles to support you.

Given the critical support we provide to keep key workers moving, garages are exempt from the business closure order. We need to be open for NHS staff, teachers, care workers, delivery drivers and all the other key workers that we’re relying on in this crisis.

To further protect our customers and colleagues, we are stepping up safety procedures at Osgoods.

From today and to support social distancing we will be operating a one-in-one-out policy for those customers that have no choice but to visit our branches, with customers being asked to queue two metres apart while outside the building. Our counters might not be manned to the same level so please accept our apologies if service is slower than normal.

But if you’re not a key worker or a garage customer supporting them, then please respect the government’s guidance and stay at home.

For our suppliers, we will continue to serve you at the counter for delivery of orders in the short term.

As a reminder, we are still doing regular cleaning of all our customer vehicles, garage spaces, wearing latex gloves to serve customers and while on delivery of vehicles and on routes, and making hand gels and soaps available to all our staff, in line with government guidelines.

We’re working closely with our suppliers to ensure we can maintain good availability of parts and products.

To date, we haven’t experienced any issues with stock availability because of the outbreak and understand that our suppliers are well-prepared to mitigate against any potential impact.

I’d like to thank you for your support as we put these important measures in place, and our staff here at Osgoods for their amazing commitment and care they are delivering every day to help keep the UK’s critical services moving.

The safety of our people, customers and communities is our primary concern. Together, we can help keep key workers moving by following this guidance. We’re keeping our processes under constant review and will update them if necessary.

Kind Regards,

Graham Osgood

Osgoods Limited

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