Q: The guidance says car showrooms will close but garages can stay open; how does this affect cars with warranties that need to be serviced or require an MoT?
A: The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) says that warranty policies are specific to different car manufacturers and recommends that owners contact their individual manufacturers to see how the lockdown affects their policy.
Q: I need an MoT, can I leave my house to get an MoT?
A: The Government has now suspended all MoTs for six months for cars, motorbikes and vans starting from Monday March 30. This means that all MoTs are now effectively 18 months long. The Department for Transport said that car owners’ MoT dates will change about a week before their test is due, and they will be able to check the new date online. This will means MoTs due from March 30 with be valid for another six months, and so insurance won’t be effected.
However, ministers have warned that people need to keep their cars roadworthy and anyone found driving a dangerous vehicle will be prosecuted.
Drivers whose MoT was due before March 30 will still need to have their test done. If they have been unable to do so because they are self-isolating, they can still have their test done at a later date. An agreement has been negotiated with insurance companies and the police so they will not be unfairly penalised.
Garages will remain open for critical workers and people who depend on their cars for essential trips like shopping to get necessary repairs done.
Q: Are Uber drivers key workers?
A: The Department for Transport said that taxi drivers are not automatically considered critical workers but can be considered for the status on a case-by-case basis. This is if they are helping other critical workers with home-to-school journeys for their children or driving vulnerable passengers.
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