Car MOT Guidance during COVID 19 Pandemic

Car MOT Guidance during COVID 19 Pandemic

Belmont MOT are currently open and will endeavor to stay open whilst our staff are showing no obvious signs of being unwell. If you are a keyworker, we thank you for your efforts, we feel the least we can do is make sure we are here in case you need your vehicle needs fixing.

The Government have sent us guidance on staying open during this current crisis, I will list the important points below.

Even though the government has issued a temporary stay on car MOT’s (vehicles that are due to be tested after 30/03/2020 will have their current MOT extended by 6 months, so if your car MOT test was due on 30/03/2020 it will be extended to be completed by 30/09/2020. Just for clarification, if your date for testing is 01/04/2020, this will be extended by 6 months to 01/10/2020) they have also stated to us that they are keeping this under review, and it may change in the future. If the guidance changes significantly we will update this page.

What if my car MOT was due before the 30/03/2020 and has run out?
As far as the guidance that we have received, you will be in default and will be in breach of your insurance rules. Please check your insurance policy for your insurance companies’ policy in regards to cars without an MOT. Usually once a MOT expires, your insurance will be invalid, and you could be prosecuted by the authorities. The only exception to this rule is that if your MOT has expired, you can only drive the vehicle to the MOT testing station and if you are stopped by the police, they will usually ring the testing station to check that you are booked in. Don’t forget that your car should be parked off the road whilst it has no MOT.

How do I know when my Car MOT is due?
You can check when your MOT and Car Tax are due here on the GOV.UK website, https://vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/

What if my car becomes unroadworthy during the Covid-19 outbreak?
Whilst the government has extended the current MOT certificates for vehicles after 30/03/2020 (see above) they have still advised that your vehicle must remain roadworthy. As an example, if you have a worn tyre and are stopped by the police, you should expect to receive a fine and 3 points on your driving licence.

How we are following the Government Guidelines

We are doing everything as a business to adhere to the government guidelines as listed below.

DO

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get back home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

DON’T

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

We at Belmont MOT as a company are doing what we can as precautionary messages whilst at work. Please ring to check we are open and get a slot booked in to attend the garage. If you know or suspect what is wrong with your vehicle, please write it down on a piece of paper before you leave home and leave the instructions on your passenger seat. When arriving at the garage, park a minimum of 5 metres away and please ring from outside. When we come outside the garage and acknowledge you, exit your car, leaving the key in the ignition with the driver’s window down. You can either leave cash in an envelope in the glove compartment or pay by card. We will enter your car, putting temporary seat covers on the driver’s seat, paper carpet mats and sanitizing the steering wheel. Once the work has been completed, we will call you to collect.

If everyone adheres to the rules, we can beat this together, please stay safe.

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