Garages will remain open as second shutdown would put drivers ‘at risk of fines’

Garages will remain open as second shutdown would put drivers ‘at risk of fines’

Car garages are considered an essential service and can remain open for car repairs and MOT services. This differs from the first shutdown in march where MOT tests were suspended, causing thousands of road users to have their tests cancelled and pushed back.

Stuart James, Chief executive of the Independent Garage Association (IGA) warns garages are “still busy” dealing with a backlog caused by the first lockdown.

He warns that any second shutdown would cause ”confusion” and put many drivers at risk of “significant fines”.

He said: “We fully support the government’s decision to allow garages to remain open as normal, and not to enforce another MOT extension.”

“Garages are still busy catching up with the backlog of MOTs that the extension caused earlier this year.

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“A second extension would only cause confusion among consumers and put law-abiding vehicle owners at risk of significant fines by leaving cars unchecked.

“We thank the government for their clarity on this matter ahead of the new national restrictions from 5 November.

“Now independent garages can continue to do what they do best – keep their customers safely on the road while providing outstanding value for money.”

The DVSA has previously urged road users to secure their MOT as soon as possible to ensure they secured a certificate after fears of a mass backlog.

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DVSA chiefs previously warned that demand for tests would be higher up until the end of November as road users battled to secure MOT exams.

DVSA data has revealed that only 2.1 million MOT test was carried out between April and May compared with 7.1million over the same period in 2019.

Faking to secure an MOT certificate could have major consequences for road users with many risking heavy fines.

Driving without a valid certificate, even if a motorist could not secure a test, could see road users fined up to £1,000 in a major blow.

Faulty car tyres are an example of this where £2,500 fines can be issued for each tyre which is found to be in a dangerous condition.

Continuing to use a vehicle with known faults could also see motorists hit with charges for careless or dangerous driving which would see fines increase.

In some cases, drivers could be issued a temporary driving ban and may have their car insurance invalidated for not taking care of your vehicle.

Published at Wed, 04 Nov 2020 08:45:00 +0000