In times like these there's always reason to celebrate the small wins and this week is no different. Classic Trade has gone over some of the finer details of the Government November lockdown guidance and we're happy to report (just in case you didn't know already) MOT's, services and garages should still be open for business. Hours will, however, vary by garage as these are independently owned - so get in touch with your local to find out more about their service availability. Read below for more details:
During the first lockdown back in March, road-users were handed a six-month extension which allowed motorists to avoid getting penalised for not having a valid MOT certificate. However, this time there has been no extension - which means there's a no excuse policy! The original extension came to a close early back on August the 1st, which means as always any driver caught without a valid certificate may be prosecuted or you can be fined up to £1,000 for driving without a valid MOT. The only exceptions are to drive it: to or from somewhere to be repaired or to a pre-arranged MOT test.
Garages have been deemed an "essential service" by the government and therefore will remain open through out, up until and beyond December 2nd (the proposed end of lockdown in England). If you are unable to get a test within the time frame of your MOT becoming invalid due to self-isolating, you're asked to SORN your vehicle using the online application service. Many garages are also likely to be busier than usual due to a backlog of bookings caused by the national lockdown back in March, so it's advisable to contact your nearest one as soon as possible.
As for taxing your vehicle - due to this being mostly an online service these days - alongside receiving your reminder (V11 form) in the post, you are still expected to pay and tax your car as normal, even during lockdown. Payments can be done online at gov.uk, or if you're unable to get online for whatever reason, there is a phone service on: 0300 1234 321. Alternatively, you can visit your local post office, as these have also been deemed as an "essential service".