VEHICLE owners are to be granted an MoT exemption in the battle against coronavirus.
All cars, vans and motorcycles which usually would require an MOT test will be exempted from needing a test from March 30.
But 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.
Legislation will be in effect for 12 months but drivers will still need to get their vehicle tested until the new regulations come into place on March 30 if they need to use it.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “We must ensure those on the frontline of helping the nation combat COVID19 are able to do so.
“Allowing this temporary exemption from vehicle testing will enable vital services such as deliveries to continue, frontline workers to get to work, and people get essential food and medicine.
“Safety is key, which is why garages will remain open for essential repair work.”
Practical driving tests and annual testing for lorries, buses and coaches have been suspended for up to three months.