- 12th January 2021
- By Hannah
- In News, Tips & Advice
- Tags Covid, MOT
Did you know that MOT stations and garages are able to remain open during our third lockdown? This is great news, but it’s not quite the same as the first time around.
In the first lockdown, an extension period was added to all MOTs due between 30th March and 31st July. The extension isn’t happening this time so drivers need to get their MOT test performed as usual. You can see more on the government’s MOT advice here.
This lockdown started on the 5th of January, and legislation is in place to keep it going at least until the 31st of March – a total of 86 days. Anyone who has their MOT or service due within this time period will still need to book with their garage. Remember, that it is illegal to drive without a valid MOT certificate, and your insurance policy will be void if you do happen to have an incident that you need to claim on. Car servicing timescales also still apply so make sure you book yours so you are still covered under the warranty.
Jack Cousens, head of roads policy at the AA has given all UK motorists a warning stating that “with many people either working from home or furloughed, some drivers may be tempted to just let their vehicles bypass the MOT date and only arrange it when they lockdown restrictions will be eased. However, cars sat parked up for long periods of time can lead to issues such as; battery faults, seized brakes and flat tyres. These are just some of the reasons why it is just as important, if not more so, to keep your car regularly maintained.”
“Action throughout the lockdown could mean people can avoid a larger repair bill just as they want to start using their car again”.
For people who are self-isolating or shielding during lockdown, we can offer a free collection and delivery service to ensure your car has its MOT and service when it is needed. To book click here or give our friendly team a call.