Government confirms six-month MOT extension could be cancelled at any time as industry calls for it to be ended now

22nd May 2020 | John – 22nd May 2020 The government has confirmed the six-month MOT exemption is under constant review – and could be cancelled at any time. Currently the MOT extension is running from March 20, 2020, to March 29, 2021 – with any cars due an MOT in that time period given an automatic 6-month extension. […]

MOT extension should be stopped ‘without delay’ as motorists are put ‘at risk’

21st May 2020 | John – 20th May 2020 MOT experts at the Independent Garage Association (IGA) claim damaged vehicles could be left “unrectified” which could see many dangerous cars left on the road. The IGA says stopping the extension will ensure cars are kept in a roadworthy condition and ensure roads remain safe. Data from the DVSA has […]

Motor industry bodies call for six-month MOT exemption to be AXED immediately over fears that unsafe cars are flocking onto the road

16th May 2020 | John

THISISMONEY.CO.UK – 14th May 2020 Major UK motor bodies have today called on the Government to axe the six-month MOT exemption for vehicles put in place due to Covid-19 over fears of a rapid rise in the number of dangerous cars on the road now that the lockdown has been eased. New measures announced by […]

British GP hopes boosted by government plan

13th May 2020 | John – 12th May 2020 The hopes of Silverstone hosting the British Grand Prix in July have been boosted by the latest UK government plan to resume live sport next month. Following an address from Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday night, the British government issued a 50-page document on Monday outlining plans to ease […]

Coronavirus: Traffic ‘reaching early 1970s levels’

7th May 2020 | John

BBC News – 5th May 2020 The traffic on Britain’s roads has started creeping back up during the past couple of weeks, but – as you may have noticed when out shopping, exercising or going to work – they’re still a lot quieter than before the lockdown. The government says road trips in motorised vehicles, […]

Building 40 new cars per hour: Inside Toyota’s Burnaston plant

6th May 2020 | John

Autocar (James Attwood) – 3rd May 2020 Even before Covid-19 brought production lines to a standstill, the British car industry was having a tough time. A combination of technical upheaval, political quarrelling, economic uncertainty and falling sales has been hitting hard. Investment has dwindled. Jobs have been lost. Factories are being closed. All of […]

Government in talks to reopen car dealers this month

4th May 2020 | John

Autocar – 2nd May 2020 Car industry executives have been discussing with the government today whether car dealerships can be in the first wave of non-essential business allowed to open once lockdown eases, due to their economic importance to the UK, Autocar can reveal. It’s thought that 11 May could be the earliest possible date. […]

Motor racing-British F1 race ‘not a given’, says Silverstone boss

4th May 2020 | John

Reuters – 2nd May 2020 This year’s British Grand Prix “is not a given” even without spectators and the decision depends on others, Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle said on Saturday. Formula One plans to start the season, put on hold by the COVID-19 pandemic, with two races behind closed doors in Austria in early […]

Coronavirus slashes UK car output as industry warns of big hit

1st May 2020 | John

Reuters – 30th April 2020 The British car industry faces losing output worth more than 8 billion pounds ($10 billion) due to the coronavirus outbreak, which cut production in March by a third, falling to its lowest level since 2009, an industry body said on Thursday. The sector, Britain’s biggest exporter of goods which employs […]

DVLA approves solo test drives for car buyers to maintain social distancing

30th April 2020 | John – 30th April 2020 The DVLA has confirmed that potential car buyers will be allowed to undertake solo test drives to ensure social distancing, in another step that indicates authorities are preparing to kick-start car sales as part of an effort to stimulate the economy as the coronavirus lockdown eases. In order for the […]