The Government has stressed the importance of keeping vehicles in a roadworthy condition, after granting owners a six-month exemption from MOT testing.
The temporary exemption, which comes into effect from 30 March, is designed to ‘enable frontline workers to get to work’ and ‘vital services to continue’ during the coronavirus outbreak.
It applies to cars, vans and motorcycles.
The DfT stresses that despite the exemption, vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition – and garages will remain open for essential repair work.
It warns that drivers can still be prosecuted if found to be driving unsafe vehicles.
Grant Shapps, transport secretary, 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.”