Motorists are to be granted six-month exemptions from getting their vehicle's MOT in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Government announced the new measure on Wednesday morning in order to allow people to continue to make essential journeys after the country went into lockdown.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson banned people from leaving their homes on Monday night as he announced an unprecedented new series of measures to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.
People will only be allowed to step outside if they are going shopping for basic necessities, to exercise once a day, medical needs, and travelling to and from work, but only if it is absolutely impossible to work from home.
The move has raised lots of issues for members of the public, but the Government has now moved to clarify what it will mean for people whose vehicle MOT runs out while the country is in lockdown.
All cars, vans and motorcycles which usually would require an MOT test will be exempted from needing a test from March 30.
Lorry, bus and trailer annual MOTs have also been suspended for three months because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition, and garages will remain open for essential repair work, transport minister Grant Shapps said.
Under government guidelines, people should stay at home and avoid travel.
These measures have been put in place for those who need to leave their homes to pick up essential items, such as food and medication, or to travel to work if you are a key worker.
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."
Legislation will be introduced on March 30 and will come into immediate effect for 12 months.
Drivers who need to use their car between now and March 30 will still need to get their vehicle tested until the new regulations come into force.
Practical driving tests and annual testing for lorries, buses and coaches have also been suspended for up to three months under emergency measures to help stop the fast spreading infection.
- Boris Johnson
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