MOT garages unaffected by new COVID restrictions, DVSA confirms

Testing in adherence to government guidance for MOT centres and testers should continue

MOT garages unaffected by new COVID restrictions, DVSA confirms
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New measures introduced today (24 September) in England to limit the spread of COVID-19 do not currently affect MOT test stations, the DVSA has confirmed.

A DVSA spokesperson said: “MOT testing which has carried on throughout the pandemic, should continue.

“To help ensure MOT tests can be conducted safely, we previously published guidance for MOT testers about operating safely during coronavirus.

“Thank you for continuing to follow COVID-safe testing procedures to help ensure the safety of the public, your staff and DVSA staff.”

Related: Garages “very unlikely” to be affected by new track and trace regulations

Meanwhile garages across the country are continuing to deal with increased MOT demand following the six-month MOT exemption earlier this year.

Data revealing the top 20 areas which will bear the brunt of the demand this October and November suggests Glasgow, Edinburgh and Leicester are set to see biggest increase.

The DVSA has made available a free ‘toolkit’ for testing stations with draft messages for social media, email and text communications and graphics for use on garage websites and social posts.

Related: Areas expected to be worst hit by MOT demand revealed by DVSA

On Tuesday the Prime Minister said the UK has reached “a perilous turning point” as he set out a raft of new coronavirus restrictions for England.

The government expects the new measures to remain in place until March 2021.

Tighter coronavirus restrictions are also being reintroduced in Scotland and Wales.

Related: DVSA staff to wear ‘bodycams’ during garage visits

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