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Coronavirus (COVID-19): MOT centre and tester guidance

Guidance on providing MOT tests during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including how to limit the spread of coronavirus.

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This page tells you what to do if you’re an MOT centre manager or tester during the coronavirus outbreak. It will be updated if anything changes.

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COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

The symptoms are:

  • a high temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

Find out what to do if you have these symptoms on the NHS website.

Refuse to carry out a test if the customer is displaying symptoms and should be in self-isolation.

Rules on opening

You’re still allowed to open your garage or MOT centre and carry out MOT tests.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has published guidance for vehicle owners that says:

Your MOT centre can stay open after 30 March 2020 to carry out MOTs if you need to. This could include retests or tests of a vehicle that had an MOT due before 30 March.

Garages can also stay open to carry out essential repairs or services as well.

What to do if someone becomes unwell in your MOT centre

If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature in the workplace they should be sent home and advised to follow the stay at home guidance.

For more full information read guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID 19)

Limiting the spread of coronavirus at your centre

You should:

  • follow social distancing advice and keep at least 2 metres between customers and members of staff at all times
  • remind employees and customers to wash their hands for 20 seconds more frequently than normal
  • frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, using your standard cleaning products
  • use seat covers and new disposable gloves for every test

You can download posters, leaflets and other materials to display at your MOT centre.

Viewing areas

You can close viewing areas if you want to.

MOT certificates

Do not print MOT certificates unless the customer needs it for a specific reason.

Tell customers they can download and print the certificate when they get home and check their MOT history.

Taking payments

Avoid handling cash and use mobile or contactless card payments where possible. The contactless payment limit in UK is due to increase from £30 to £45 from 1 April 2020.

Published 25 March 2020
Last updated 25 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated the information about taking payments to include using mobile payments, and that the contactless payment limit in the UK will increase to £45 from 1 April 2020.

  2. First published.