The DVSA (Driver Vehicle Standards Agency) has today issued further guidance for those with a 6-month MOT extension during the coronavirus outbreak. ‘Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition and drivers can be prosecuted if they drive an unsafe vehicle,’ it says.
The DVSA is updating test certificates to remind drivers that if a vehicle fails its MOT the exemption no longer applies. A failed vehicle needs to be fixed and pass its MOT before it can be driven on the road.
The six-month extension applies to cars, motorcycles, light vans or other light vehicles with an MOT due to expire on or after March 30th. But they make it clear that ‘you must still keep your vehicle safe to drive.’
Bushey Hall Garage is a leading accident repair and service centre for its area. We are also a Class IV MOT testing station. We first warned vehicle owners/drivers on April 16th that it was their responsibility to keep vehicles roadworthy and avoid possible loss of insurance cover. If they fail to do so and an incident happens, their insurance may not cover them.
If you know that your vehicle has an issue and could fail its test, get it checked out now – it could be something minor, or it could be a dangerous defect. By putting the test off, as some are aiming to do, you could have difficulty finding a slot when the extension ends.
Our own trade association the RMIF (Retail Motor Industry Federation) had concerns from the outset and have been lobbying the government for change. Now Kwik Fit is urging the Government to remove the extension to prevent dangerous and illegal cars taking to the roads unchecked.
More than a million vehicles were given the extension. Many are now not planning on getting MOTs carried out until they have to. Others are holding back because they believe that something is wrong with their vehicle and it could fail the test.
MOT data and DVSA failure rates studied indicate that more than a million defective vehicles could be back on our roads as the lockdown eases, 316,000 of them with dangerous defects and 780,00 with major faults.
If your vehicle is due an MOT and you are able to get it done, book a slot now – you can call our mainline office number on 01923 237135 to secure a slot at our Bushey base.
You owe it to yourself, other road users and pedestrians, to keep your vehicles safe.