Motorists told to keep on top of MOTs and servicing during current lockdown

MOT, servicing and repair garages permitted as essential retail and can remain open in lockdown

Motorists told to keep on top of MOTs and servicing during current lockdown
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Motorists are being advised to keep their vehicles serviced and MOT’d during the third national lockdown following confirmation earlier this week that garages can remain open.

The AA warns cars which are not being used at all due to the lockdown may be more in need of a service then vehicles which are regularly driven.

Jack Cousens, head of roads policy at the AA warned motorists that cars sat around for long periods of time “can lead to issues”.

He said: “With many people either working from home or furloughed, some drivers may be tempted to just let their vehicle bypass the MOT date and only arrange it when they think lockdown restrictions will be eased.

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“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.

“There will be no MOT extension this time around, so car owners will need to ensure they fulfil their usual maintenance commitments.

“Likewise, servicing timescales still apply to keep a vehicle under warranty.

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“Action throughout the lockdown could mean people can avoid a larger repair bill just as they want to start using their car again.”

The latest guidance states that “vehicle repair and MOT services” in England and Scotland can remain open.

Garages in Wales, which remains at ‘alert level four’, can also remain open.

Earlier this week, in a statement re-confirming that MOT garages can remain open, the DVSA said: “To help ensure MOT testing can be conducted safely, you can read our guidance for MOT testers about operating safely during coronavirus.

“The government has issued guidance on wearing face coverings and guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, which is published on GOV.UK.”

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    we are still open but it is blatantly obvious that the motoring public in this area are ignoring mot dates and not having any service work done unless something falls off
    we have on our database over 300 cars with out of date mot tests and the customers are not interested in getting them done
    the govt made a huge error last year with the mot exemption scheme it confused an already bad situation
    we need clear adverts on the tv and web from the dvsa telling people they need to get the mot done on there vehicle otherwise they face a fine

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