27 Mar Update on garages staying open during Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.
Following the announcement from the Government / DVSA earlier this week, we have put together a summary of information / FAQs
- MOT stations and garages are listed as essential businesses and are allowed to remain open under government guidelines. Support to equipment within garages is not currently listed as essential. The GEA recommendation is, where possible, for equipment companies to only offer remote support to its customers, and not send engineers to site. Each company should conduct their own risk assessment and review its own operating polices inline with government guidelines.
- MOT stations can issue MOT certificates for vehicles presented during this time. Should a piece of MOT test equipment run out of calibration but still be operational and safe to use, the MOT station may continue to use it. If the equipment locks out / shuts down or fails due to a fault then they should stop performing MOTs.
- If garage equipment is due its routine maintenance / calibration verification/ LOLER inspection what should we do? The HSE have not relaxed any inspection requirements such as LOLER at this point in time, but it is not recommended that garage equipment engineers perform routine maintenance / inspections whilst the country is in lock down unless this is for sites that perform work on critical vehicles, such as emergency response vehicles. In all situations garages will need to have assessed, conducted and recorded a risk assessments as to if it is safe to continue to use the equipment, until a suitable engineer an carry out the required work.
- The extension of 6 month MOT certificates will only come into force from Monday 30th March 2020. Any vehicle that was due an MOT or had failed an MOT before this date will still require an MOT to be legally on the road.
- The check my MOT on the .Gov website (https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history) will automatically be updated with the new MOT due date when it has been applied. The DVSA are only updating dates in batches approx. 1 week before current due date.
further information can be obtained from https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus