Today Jamie Stone, MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, has submitted a named day question to the Department for Transport (DfT) asking to suspend the MOT system.
The DVSA has suspended MOTs for all heavy goods vehicles for up to three months from 21 March. However, for car, motorbike and light van drivers, the Department for Transport continues to keep MOT testing in place, encouraging many people to break self-isolation
Mr Stone submitted the following question to the Department for Transport:
"To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of suspending MOTs during the covid-19 outbreak."
This follows an exchange on Twitter with a constituent, Frank Robinson, who explained:
"On Wednesday I have to take my dad's car for its MOT. Up to 3 people will have contact with my father's car including myself. This puts us al at risk. Can't MOTs be suspended for a few months?"
After submitting the question to the Department for Transport, Mr Stone said:
"I intend to chase this up with DVSA as a matter of urgency. People should not be worrying about their MOT when they're supposed to be at home self-isolating. If MOTs have been suspended for heavy goods vehicles, it makes sense that this provision should be extended to all vehicles.
"Safety must always come first. Whilst in normal times, I would not advocate this kind of measure, it is critical that we do everything we can to discourage people from spreading Coronavirus."
Notes to editor:
- Named Day question has to be answered by the Government within three 'sitting days' - so it should be answered by the end of this week.