Open as usual
(Last Updated 25-03-20)
I am constantly checking for updates daily regarding MOT testing, safe business practice and much more during this awful COVID-19 pandemic. With any new information set out by our government and it’s Health department, I plan to implement any changes, restrictions or advice accordingly. Please understand, the health of my staff and our fantastic customers is at the forefront of my mind constantly. We will continue to make updates to this page detailing our position and the precautions we are taking.
On 25/03/20, it was announced that vehicle owners will be granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing, enabling them to continue to travel to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home, or shop for necessities.
All cars, vans and motorcycles which usually would require an MOT test will be exempted from needing a test from 30 March 2020. Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition, and garages will remain open for essential repair work. You can still be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “We must ensure those on the frontline of helping the nation combat COVID-19 are able to do so. Allowing this temporary exemption from vehicle testing will enable vital services such as deliveries to continue, frontline workers to get to work, and people to get essential food and medicine. Safety is key, which is why garages will remain open for essential repair work.”
Legislation will be introduced on 30 March 2020 and will come into immediate effect for 12 months, following a short consultation with key organisations. Drivers will still need to get their vehicle tested until the new regulations come into place, if they need to use it.
If you can’t get an MOT that’s due because you’re in self-isolation, the Department for Transport is working with insurers and the police to ensure people will not be negatively affected as a result of things that are out of their control.
We are staying open
Stourbridge MOT and Repairs Centre is committed to supporting the Government and our local community during the
As pointed out previously on this page, we are classed as key workers and we are critical to keeping the road transport network moving. We understand that many of you, our fabulous customers, fulfil so many other important roles within our community. Teachers, supermarket staff, delivery drivers, police, the much valued NHS staff, the list of Virus fighters goes on…. You all can feel safe in the knowledge that when you need us to keep your car safe on the road, we will gladly do so because WE NEED YOU SO MUCH MORE.
My own personal opinion? If you have been told to stay at home, for whatever reason, stay at home. Take advantage of the 6 month exemption! Use your car ONLY for medical reasons or when you need to buy groceries. For everyone else still working, stay safe and get your car checked and repaired as usual.
Stay safe everyone.
Stourbridge MOT and Repairs Centre LTD