The UK government has announced that all vehicle owners will be granted a six month exemption from MOT testing, to allow them to continue to travel to work if necessary and to get to the shops for food and other necessities.

All cars, vans and motorcycles which would usually require an MOT will be exempt from needing a test as of the 30th of March 2020, and this temporary legislation will remain in place for 12 months.

Until the measure comes into place next Monday vehicles will still need to have a valid MOT, so if yours is due before then you will still need to have it completed.

Vehicles must still be kept in a roadworthy condition and garages will remain open for essential repair work to be completed.

The government has warned that drivers can still be prosecuted if their vehicle is deemed unsafe.

The Department for Transport are working with insurers and the police to ensure that people are not unfairly penalised if they are unable to get an MOT if they are in self-isolation.

When driving you are advised to still follow social distancing guidelines, including when filling up at petrol stations, where drivers are being advised to use pay at pump options where possible.

Alongside this, the government has also announced that all practical driving tests and annual testing for lorries buses and coaches have been suspended for up to three months.

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