Rules on opening
You’re still allowed to open your garage or MOT centre and carry out MOT tests.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has published guidance for vehicle owners that says:
- they should still get an MOT if it expires before 30 March 2020
- if their MOT due date expires from 30 March 2020 it will be extended by 6 months
Your MOT centre can stay open after 30 March 2020 to carry out MOTs if you need to. This could include retests or tests of a vehicle that had an MOT due before 30 March.
Garages can also stay open to carry out repairs or services as well.
What to do if someone becomes unwell in your MOT centre
Refuse to carry out a test if the customer has symptoms and should be in self-isolation.
For more full information read guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID 19)
Limiting the spread of coronavirus at your centre
- follow social distancing advice and keep at least 2 metres between customers and members of staff at all times
- remind employees and customers to wash their hands for 20 seconds more frequently than normal
- frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, using your standard cleaning products
- use seat covers and new disposable gloves for every test
You can close viewing areas if you want to.
Do not print MOT certificates unless the customer needs it for a specific reason. Tell customers they can download and print the certificate when they get home and check their MOT history.
Avoid handling cash and use contactless card payments where possible. The contactless payment limit in UK increased from £30 to £45 from 1 April 2020.