The COVID-19 crisis has temporarily reshaped society and the UK auto industry has been no exception to these changes.


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On the 25 March, the DVSA responded by issuing a six-month MOT testing exemption for all cars, vans and motorcycles.

The reprieve has been granted to limit the spread of the virus, and keep key workers and vital services on the move. It will also allow people to collect essentials, such as food and medicine, without worrying if their car is legally allowed on the road.

However, there are stipulations that all vehicle owners must be aware of. This article explains the changes, what they mean for motorists and what Crypton is doing to keep customers and staff safe as the situation develops.

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How are MOTs changing?

From 30 March 2020, MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by six months. It’s important to note that the extension will apply six months from the vehicle’s current expiry date. If a car’s MOT was due on the 3 April, for example, it will now be automatically extended to the 3 October 2020. The scheme will run for a total of 12 months.

Vehicles with MOTs that run out before the 30 March deadline will need to be tested as planned. Any vehicle that fails its MOT will not be eligible for an extension and must be passed before re-joining the road.

If a vehicle is due its first MOT, it will be automatically granted a six-month exemption from the date its first test was due. Again, a vehicle will not be granted exemption if it fails its first MOT before the 30 March deadline.

All vehicles should be kept in a roadworthy condition, even if they are eligible for an extension. Vehicles that are known to be unfit for the road should never be used. Offenders can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and incur three penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

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What does this mean for testing centres and garages?                      

Garages and MOT centres are allowed to remain open to carry out tests and conduct essential repairs. These facilities have been given advice on social distancing, how to limit the spread of the virus, and what to do if someone falls ill on site. You can find more information on COVID-19 and guidance for garages and MOT centres on the government website. 

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