- The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced a six-month exemption from MOT testing.
Legislation will come into effect from Monday 30th March in which all cars, motorcycles and vans that require a MOT test after this date will be automatically given a six-month extension. This legislation will run for 12 months.
The Department for Transport states that vehicles must still be kept in a “roadworthy condition" during this period and drivers can still face prosecution if they are driving unsafe vehicles.
Whilst those with a car due an MOT before 30th March still needs to obtain a test, the Department for Transport is working with police and insurers, to ensure that anyone who is self-isolating with a car due an MOT will not be “unfairly penalised for things out of their control.”
Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary states: “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.”
- At the start of the week, Transport for London (TfL) announced all congestion charges and fees for the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) would be suspended during the coronavirus outbreak.
These changes will help support key workers travel throughout the City, with TfL asking Londoners to not travel unless absolutely necessary and to keep the roads clear.
- The impact of COVID-19 has also led to Birmingham City Council to request the launch of its clean air zone (CAZ) to be delayed.
Originally set to begin in May, the launch is now set to be pushed back to at least December 2020. Plans for the CAZ in Leeds are also to be delayed, along with Oxford City Council’s Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) being postponed until next year.
- The SEAT Alhambra, the companies only MPV, is to end production at the end of month.
First launched in the 1996 and sharing the same platform as the Volkswagen Sharan, the Alhambra will not be directly replaced with another MPV, with customers instead edging towards the growing SUV market.
The Volkswagen Sharan is also expected to cease production at the end of the year, so those seeking a large VW Group family car will instead find alternatives in SEAT’s very own seven-seat SUV, the SEAT Tarraco or VW’s Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and Volkswagen Toureg.