27 March 2020

Coronavirus guidance for motor traders

By Road Runner
MOT and garage workshop

The following is publicly available guidance from the UK Government, and will be updated on a regular basis, once new information is made available.

Help for the Self-employed

The Chancellor has recently announced a package to assist self-employed through the current crisis. This includes:

  • Self-employed works are able to have up to 80% of monthly wages covered
  • This will be calculated using average monthly profits over last three financial years
  • It will apply to those with trading profits up to £50,000 a year
  • The support will be capped at £2500 a month
  • The Government hopes self-employed will be able to access this support no later than June

Read the full Government briefing on support to the self-employed online.(Link opens to external website)

MOTs and Garages

Until confirmed otherwise, the government have announced that cars, motorcycles and vans that are due their MOT after 30/3/20 will receive a 6-month extension.

Vehicle owners will be granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing from 30 March 2020, allowing them to continue to travel to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home, or to shop for necessities.

Garages can remain open. This is to make sure that essential vehicle maintenance and repair to keep vehicles, goods and key workers moving.

View the full Government guidance on MOT and Garages. (Link opens to external website)


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