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Coronavirus: Car dealers call for three-month MoT extension

Published 24 March 2020

Car dealers are calling on the Government to offer drivers a three-month extension on their MoT in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown.

The National Franchised Dealers’ Association, which representers dealers and garages in the UK, says that MoT centres and repair garages should only stay open to keep key workers on the road.

Sue Robinson, NFDA director, said: “Due to the current circumstances, we call on the Government to introduce an immediate three-month moratorium on MoT testing which would reduce social contact.”

The news comes after the Government ordered all non-essential businesses including car dealers to close. This news included car retailers.

However, it’s unclear how the moves will impact drivers who need to have their car serviced.

While the Government has already given heavy goods vehicles a three-month grace period for MoTs, the Driver and Vehicle Service Agency has only said it is reviewing the situation for cars.

With strict social distancing measures in place, it seems to go against the Government’s own advice to keep garages open so people can get their car’s tested. 

Robinson added: “Workshops are vital in ensuring that critical vehicles can continue to operate safely and efficiently during these extremely challenging times”.

In the UK, motorists who drive without a valid MoT are subject to a £1000 fine.

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