Why MOTS are still important during COVID-19

On the 25th March 2020, in response to the Covid-19 crisis, Government extended MOTs by 6 months for any cars, vans and motorcycles due their MOT from 30th March 2020. This new flexibility will remain in place until confirmed otherwise and allows vehicle owners to continue to be able to get to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home or to do essential shopping.

Motorists should be aware, however, that it remains an offence to drive any vehicle that is not in a roadworthy condition and they can still face prosecution if they drive an unsafe vehicle during the Covid-19 crisis, regardless of their MOT status.

For example, this Mercedes came in for its MOT recently. Its lower arm subframe mounting point was corroded and snapped, which would have made it unbelievably dangerous to drive.

We remain open and are committed to providing the best quality service to our customers, so if you have any doubt about your vehicle’s condition, £40 is a small price to pay for peace of mind that it is safe to rely on. And whilst performing any MOT during Covid-19, we will also check your vehicle’s tyre pressure and levels free of charge.

Please rest assured that our number one priority is the wellbeing and safety of our customers and colleagues, so we are continually following Government advice. All the team is adhering to stringent daily actions including frequent hand washing, careful vehicle preparation, wearing gloves and vastly increased cleaning of our offices and workshops.

Since the Government announced the MOT extensions, the Independent Garage Association (IGA) has confirmed with the DVSA that extensions will be applied approximately 7 days before the MOT expiry date. These extensions will be stopped once it is judged safe to do so, at which point arrangements will be put in place for a smooth return to normal MOT testing. For the latest Government advice please CLICK HERE