Christina McKelvie MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse has welcomed the extension of MOT tests for cars, motorcycles and light vans due after 30th March.

This six month extension has been implemented to help control the spread of COVID-19 and comes as unessential businesses have been told to close down by the Government.

The six month extension is automatically applied and requires no input from the vehicle owner. The owner must however keep the vehicle safe to drive.

Garages will be allowed to stay open under the Government plans should cars need maintenance if they are being used:

  • to shop for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • for any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • to travel to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

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Commenting Christina said:

“This is a welcome move which will help to minimise the opportunities for COVID-19 to spread and provide welcome relief to vehicle owners up and down the country.

“Despite this extension, drivers will still need to ensure they are driving their vehicles in a safe state. You can find more information on how to check your vehicle is safe on the DVLA website.

“By working together to ensure we are all minimising the spread of this virus we can help make sure our most vulnerable communities are protected.”