The UK Government has announced that cars, vans and motorcycles are being granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing, to help people continue making essential journeys during the coronavirus crisis.

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. Drivers can be prosecuted if driving unsafe vehicles.

“We must ensure those on the frontline of helping the nation combat COVID-19 are able to do so,” said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. “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 March 30 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.

Practical driving tests and annual testing for trucks, buses and coaches have been suspended for up

Read advice on keeping a vehicle in a good condition.

The UK Government has informed people to stay at home and avoid travel. The only reasons people should leave their homes is set out in the government guidance.