MoT tests will still be required on vehicles when the next England lockdown begins this week.
In the spring, the annual safety check requirement was suspended until August but it has been reinstated and will not be waived this time.
Millions of vehicles are now being dealt with and a backlog of tests has built up, so the Government didn’t want this to be repeated and has kept testing centres open alongside garages.
“We fully support the government’s decision to allow garages to remain open as normal, and not to enforce another MOT extension,” said Stuart James, Chief Executive of the Independent Garage Association.
James added, “Garages are still busy catching up with the backlog of MoTs that the extension caused earlier this year. A second extension would only cause confusion among consumers and put law-abiding vehicle owners at risk of significant fines by leaving cars unchecked.
“We thank the government for their clarity on this matter ahead of the new national restrictions from 5 November. Now independent garages can continue to do what they do best – keep their customers safely on the road while providing outstanding value for money.”