United Garage Services

It is still illegal to drive without an MOT during a pandemic

by Damien Pitter | 23 Mar 2020

Even if you’re not using your car because you’re working from home, or you’re self-isolating due to symptoms of coronavirus, it’s important to keep it well maintained in case it’s needed in an emergency.

It’s also illegal to drive a car without a valid MOT certificate unless you're taking it to a garage for an MOT test - pandemic or not – and you could end up with a hefty £1000 fine and your insurance invalidated.

What if I can’t leave the house?

A number of our garages are offering free collection and delivery services to customers, in order to keep cars roadworthy and stem the slump in business that’s been caused by the coronavirus.

Simply make an enquiry online now to find out if your local garage is offering pick-up & drop-off services.

I don’t want to get into contact with garage staff

To avoid contact with garage staff, you can leave the car keys in a secure place to be collected. All staff will be wearing gloves and will be adhering to strict hygiene guidelines – though we do recommend wiping your keys down again once you get them back – just in case.

If the UK goes into shutdown due to COVID-19, garages are likely to be allowed to remain open because they’re providing a key service; this has been the case in Italy since it told citizens to stay indoors.

So if your car’s MOT is due in the next couple of months, you’ll be able to book it into a garage in advance and have the peace of mind that it will be legal and ready to drive when Coronavirus restrictions are lifted.