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BREAKING NEWS: Vehicle owners to be granted MOT exemption in battle against coronavirus

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Vehicle owners will be granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing, enabling them to continue to travel to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home, or shop for necessities.

All cars, vans and motorcycles which usually would require an MOT test will be exempted from needing a test from 30 March. 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. Advice on keeping a vehicle in a good condition can be found here.

People should stay at home and avoid travel. The only reasons people should leave their homes is set out in the government guidance.

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.”

Legislation will be introduced on March 30 and will come into immediate effect for 12 months, following a short consultation with key organisations. Drivers will still need to get their vehicle tested until the new regulations come into place, if they need to use it.

If you can’t get an MoT that’s due because you’re in self-isolation, the Department for Transport is working with insurers and the police to ensure people aren’t unfairly penalised for things out of their control.

Practical driving tests and annual testing for lorries, buses and coaches have been suspended for up to three months.

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Crawley hairdressers, hotels, pubs and restaurants to reopen from 4th July as lockdown is eased

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The Prime Minister has made an announcement in the House Of Commons this afternoon where he announced further easing of the lockdown restrictions.

These included reducing the social distance rule of 2 metres to 1 metre.

In a move that will help and be appreciated by most people, hairdressers will also be allowed to reopen provided visors are worn.

From July 4th, two households of any size can meet both indoors and outside provided social distance rules are followed.

Pubs, restaurants, hotels, holiday house and campsites can also open from the 4th July.

Schools are also to be reopened from September with all children to return as normal.

But several sectors are still not allowed to open and include, indoor gyms, nightclubs, theatres and swimming pools to remain closed for the time being.

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