IAM RoadSmart is urging drivers and riders to regularly carry out simple safety checks, to ensure their vehicle remains in good condition for any essential journeys.
Last week, the Government announced vehicle owners would receive a six-month exemption from MOT testing – as part of its response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The temporary exemption, which came into effect on 30 March, is designed to ‘enable frontline workers to get to work’ and ‘vital services to continue’ during the coronavirus outbreak.
In announcing the exemption, the DfT stressed that vehicles must still be kept in a roadworthy condition during this period – while garages will remain open for repair work where essential.
This message has been echoed by IAM RoadSmart, who says the break in MOT testing must not be seen as an ‘excuse to neglect your regular maintenance’.
It is calling on drivers and riders to carry out regular and simple maintenance checks, covering areas including: tyres, oil, lights and water and screen wash.
Richard Gladman, head of driving and riding standards at IAM RoadSmart, said: “The break in MOT testing must not be seen as an excuse to neglect your regular maintenance.
“If there is an issue with your vehicle, get it fixed. Garages remain open for essential repairs, although they will be working under restrictions. You do not want to be stranded at the side of the road, or worse involved in a collision, because you took a chance.
“The police may also be more active in stopping vehicles during this period to check on the purpose of your journey. If they pick up on any obvious faults, it’s likely they will choose to issue a fine or even seize your vehicle.
“Regular checks will help you stay safe, avoid being stranded and allow your essential travel to take place.”