Former police officer says drivers may be fined if they can’t get repairs amid shutdowns
Fines will still be issued to those that fail to keep their car in a roadworthy condition even if their car is exempt from MOT testing. Road expert Alan Colman revealed fines for NHS staff and key workers were unlikely to be waived as officers would not let major car damage go unnoticed.
This means motorists are likely to be expected to keep their car in a reasonable road condition at all times.
However, some have decided to voluntarily close due to the outbreak to protect staff and customers.
This could make it harder for many in quieter towns to secure repairs for car damage if many garages have decided to close down.
Driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition could see road users fined up to £2,500 and issued penalty points.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed although MOT tests had been suspended for six months, road users must keep their car in a safe condition.
In a statement on Twitter, Mr Shapps said: “Given the circumstances I’m granting an MOT temporary exemption so that if your MOT is due from 30th March 2020 you will automatically receive a six-month extension.
“However, you must still keep your car in a roadworthy condition and garages will remain open if you need repairs.”
Under new laws, police officers will also be able to fine motorists for leaving the house for non-essential journeys.
The government has said drivers should only leave to shop for food and medicines, help vulnerable people or travel for essential work.
Breaking the rules can see road users issued fines of up to £60 but this can be reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.
Published at Tue, 31 Mar 2020 04:01:00 +0000