Motorists Granted a Six-Month Exemption from APK Tests from March 30 under New Coronavirus Measures – Here’s How to Check if Your Car is Roadworthy
- Exemption from the periodic vehicle inspection for 6 months for all cars, light vans and motorcycles
- All MOT inspections that must take place after March 30, 2020 will be extended by 6 months
- Drivers are responsible for ensuring that their vehicles are ready to drive
- Anyone who uses unsafe cars will be prosecuted, DfT says
- Find out what to check on your vehicle to make sure it’s ready to drive
- Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
Owners of cars, vans and motorcycles receive a six-month exemption from the MOT test, the Ministry of Transport reports this morning.
It says that this will allow drivers and riders to travel to work where it is absolutely impossible to do this from home, or to run errands.
However, the statement adds that vehicles must be kept ‘in running order’ and vehicles found operating unsafe engines can be prosecuted and fined up to £ 2,500.
See the instructions below on what to check on your car to ensure it is safe to use.
Vehicle owners in the UK will receive a six-month exemption from the periodic vehicle inspection from 30 March
All cars, vans and motorcycles that normally require APK testing are exempt from six months of testing, a DfT release confirmed Wednesday.
This means that if you need to have an MOT from March 30, 2020, the next inspection date will be extended by six months.
This measure will be in place for the next 12 months, the DfT confirmed.
It said that people should stay at home and avoid travel where necessary and that the only reasons people should leave their home are set out in government guidelines.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said, “We need to ensure that those on the front lines to help the nation fight Covid-19 can do so.
“By allowing this temporary exemption from vehicle testing, essential services such as deliveries can continue, frontline workers go to work, and people receive essential nutrition and medicines.
“Safety is central, which is why garages remain open for necessary repair work.”
Motorists do not need to have their vehicle tested in these unknown times, but are held responsible for the condition of their cars, vans and motorcycles.
“Vehicles should be kept roadworthy and garages should remain open for necessary repair work,” the statement said.
“Drivers can be prosecuted for driving in unsafe vehicles,” he added.
You can be fined up to £ 2,500, no longer allowed to drive and receive three penalties for driving a vehicle in a hazardous condition.
What drivers should check to make sure their vehicle is ready to drive
Every time you drive, you should check:
– the windshield, windows and mirrors are clean
– all lights are working
– the brakes work
Your vehicle handbook will tell you how often to check the following:
– engine oil
– water level in the radiator or expansion tank
– brake fluid level
– front and rear windscreen washer bottles – top up with windshield washer fluid if necessary
– tires: they must have the correct tread depth and be free of cuts and defects
The manual also states when your car needs service.
The profile must have a certain depth, depending on the type of vehicle:
cars, light vans and light trailers – 1.6 millimeters (mm)
motorcycles, large vehicles and passenger vehicles – 1 mm
Mopeds need only have visible tread.
It should run over the middle three-quarters and around the entire tire.
Legislation for the six-month exemption for MOT inspection is introduced on March 30 and will take effect immediately for 12 months.
The new measures were decided after a ‘brief consultation with key organizations’.
Drivers should still have their vehicle tested until the new regulations come into effect, if they need them.
Vehicles must be kept ‘roadworthy’ and vehicles found when operating unsafe engines can be prosecuted
The statement also provided information to those who have been unable to get their APK tested in recent days because they isolated themselves after showing symptoms of the virus.
The Ministry of Transport and Transportation works with insurers and the police to “ensure that people are not unfairly punished for things beyond their control.”
Commenting on the announcement, Edmund King, AA President, said: “With a partial shutdown on the horizon, the AA was concerned about the APKs at the transport ministers last week, as many drivers were concerned about running out of their APK while they were isolated.
“We are glad they listened and provided a sensible solution.
“Drivers are only allowed to use their car for essential journeys throughout the lockdown and must ensure that they keep their vehicle in good condition.”
Karen Hilton, heycar’s chief commercial officer, also welcomed the news of the APK exemption, but said many small-business mechanics will be “ hard hit by the loss of revenue. ”
Practical driving tests and annual tests for trucks, buses and coaches have also been suspended for up to three months.
Read the guide for motorists during the coronavirus pandemic here.
AA’s advice to keep your car ready to drive
Ben Sheridan, AA Patrol of the Year, has provided his best tips on car maintenance when not in use:
At the moment, drivers are only allowed to use their car for essential travel, but when Britain returns to a normal routine or there is an emergency, you want to know that your car is ready to drive. There are steps you can now take at home to get your car through this period of disuse. ‘
1. Maintain the battery
‘The best way to keep the car battery in order is to use a battery holder with mains power. If this is not possible, start the engine once a week and let it run for 15 minutes to charge the battery.
The age of the battery, how the car was used, and the temperature all affect performance. Most modern cars with a fairly healthy battery should last at least two weeks without starting up, but if there is any doubt about the condition of the battery, start it once a week just to be sure.
“If you park your car in a garage, don’t forget to pull it out first; Do not leave the engine in a garage and never leave your car unattended while the engine is running. ‘
2. Release the brakes
“Sometimes when a car is parked for a long time with the parking brake on, the brakes can lock up. To avoid this, release the parking brake and move the vehicle back and forth a short distance while the engine is running.
“Do not release the parking brake unless the vehicle is on private property with the wheels firmly locked.”
3. Check the tires
‘Before driving the car after a long period of inactivity, check all tire pressure and inflate if necessary. It is also worth checking the condition of the tires and looking for any defects such as cuts or bulges. ‘
Advice for electric vehicles (EVs)
Electric and hybrid vehicles have 12-volt batteries, just like conventional cars. However, they charge differently. The charging system is operated by pressing the start button so that the ‘ready’ light comes on. If you put the car in ‘ready’ mode for 10 minutes once a week, the 12-volt battery must remain charged. Some electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles can keep their 12-volt batteries when connected to the mains, so drivers should refer to their car manual for more information. ‘
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