Government Responds Quickly to Call to End the 6-Month Extension for MOTs
Bushey Hall Garage has remained open throughout the pandemic as we provide an ‘essential service.’ We continue to follow the Government guidelines, PPE is in place and extra measures have been taken to protect our staff, customers and visitors. This includes social distancing.
Back in April we expressed concerns that the extension could ultimately mean drivers would put back the MOT safety check on vehicles until they had to get it done, even though some could have defects which make them dangerous. And with more than a million offered the extension, those leaving this important safety check until the 11th hour could find they cannot get a slot!
Our advice to our customer base has been: if you can get your MOT carried out, then book it in as normal. You can call our mainline telephone at Bushey Hall Garage on 01923 237135 and book your slot for a Class IV test , And if you cannot get to us, we can come to you, using our safe, free contactless collect and delivery service. Ask our reception for further details when you call.
Our own trade association CEO, Stuart James, of the Independent Garage Association (IGA), wrote to Grant Shapps, MP, who heads up the Department of Transport asking for the extension to end in a bid to keep vehicles with faults off the roads and to ensure they got checked and put right. He got a response yesterday, May 28th, confirming that Department of Transport staff were in regular discussions with industry stakeholders, including the IGA, to discuss the resumption of testing. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has published guidance on conducting tests while adhering to social distancing measures and continue to work with testers to develop best practice guidance.
‘We need to ensure that an MOT can be conducted safely with the lowest possible risk to people’s health, this includes both MOT staff and those going in for test,’ he wrote.
‘We also need to ensure that we have a robust system in place for those who are in self isolation, or at risk, so they are not penalised if they are unable to leave their homes.’
At Bushey Hall we not only follow Government guidelines, we also follow those procedures recommended by our own trade associations, the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF), IGA, National Body Repair Association (NBRA) , and the Institute of Vehicle Recovery (IVR). All PPE is in place, social distancing followed and contactless collection and delivery of vehicles using staff wearing PPE and again maintaining social distancing. This enables us to ensure that customers who cannot come to us can still get work on their vehicles carried out – their MOT, service, mechanical, bodyshop repairs and tyres.
We have a designated MOT bay with its own waiting room, should customers wish to watch the test through a viewing window, although most wait in our main reception office where again social distancing is maintained. Our testers also wear gloves so that they physically do not touch any part of a customer vehicle by hand. Hand sanitiser is used when gloves are removed to put MOT data on to computers. We also have daily risk assessments on site and take temperature checks on all staff each morning, reminding them of the need to remain focused and vigilant on their own and customer and visitor safety. Similar precautions are taken in all workshops and our main office.
Our recovery teams and estimators, who work offsite as well as on, also follow all guidelines and wear relevant PPE.
This is our assurance to you, that we have taken those extra measures needed to reduce risk and keep you safe. So, if you need an MOT, or your vehicle has been left standing and unused, in need of a check, give us a call at Bushey Hall on 01923 237135, the family run garage celebrating its 70th – platinum – anniversary this year.