Covid-19: MOT clarification and car tax update

MOT Confusion   

There have been reports that many motorists are confused about the new MOT rules and what they are required to do.

As per our earlier blog, vehicle owners in Britain have been granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing. The Department for Transport (DFT) announced that all cars, vans and motorcycles which usually would require an MOT test are exempted from needing a test from 30 March. This rule is still in place and the date from which your MOT was set to expire will be automatically advanced by 6 months. 

However, the DFT have been clear to point out that cars are still expected to be kept in roadworthy condition. Despite this, new research from the DFT has suggested that more than a quarter of drivers have not carried out basic health checks since the lockdown.

In order to maintain your cars health it is vital to give it some attention. Moreover, you could be prosecuted prosecution, for driving your vehicle if you are pulled over and it isn’t deemed safe.

Simple measures can include starting your engine every week and checking the tyre pressures. Once your MOT test does come around again, your vehicle will then be completely checked for problems that have emerged.    

Car Tax 

You will be able to tax you vehicle online as soon as your MOT due date has been updated. 

Meanwhile, new changes from April mean that the tax surcharge on new cars costing more than £40,000, excludes zero-emission models. Other changes include a new option to pay your car tax online by monthly direct debit. This is in addition to the standard annual 6 month and annual payment options. 

Fuel Price Update 

Fuel prices continue to drop and are now below £1 a litre almost everywhere. 

The ONS confirmed today that average petrol prices dropped by 10.4p a litre between March and April. The biggest fall since unleaded petrol records began in 1990 – amid a slump in global oil prices.

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