July 15th, 2020
Road Safety Starts With You

We all have a part to play in keeping our roads safe. Keeping to the speed limit, not using our mobile phone, wearing our seatbelt – all important things to do to keep ourselves and other road users safe. But, road safety starts even before you put the key into the ignition; it starts with you and your vehicle. A safely maintained and insured vehicle is your first line of defence when travelling on the roads.


As Wales entered lockdown back in March, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT to help slow the spread of the virus. However, as restrictions are eased, all drivers whose car, motorcycle or van is due for an MOT test from the 1st August will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle.


Drivers with an MOT due date before 1st August will still receive a 6-month exemption from testing. However, all vehicles must continue to be properly maintained and kept in a roadworthy condition, and people are able to voluntarily get their MOT sooner should they wish, even if they are exempt from the legal requirement.


MOT tests are important for road safety and ensure that vehicle parts, including tyres, seatbelts, brakes, lights and exhausts, are in proper working order.


Roads Minister Baroness Vere said:


“As people return to our roads, it is vital that motorists are able to keep their vehicles safe. That’s why as restrictions are eased, from 1 August MOT testing will again become mandatory.


Only some garages remained open to conduct essential services during the coronavirus outbreak, but now over 90% are open across the country. Testing capacity has already reached 70% of normal levels and is steadily increasing.”


With many vehicles having not been driven during lockdown, before you re-start your journeys think of FLOWER as you ensure you vehicle is in a safe and roadworthy:


F – Fuel. Ensure you have enough for your journey

L – Lights. Ensure your headlights, brake lights and indicators are in working order

O – Oil. Check the oil levels when the engine is cold.

W – Water. Check the lubricants, coolants and washer fluid levels.

E – Electrics. Ensure the battery is present and secure

R – Rubber. Check your tyre pressure, for uneven wear, any damage and the tread depth.


Safe vehicles save lives and it all starts with you!


For more advice and guidance on MOT requirements visit the DVSA website 

Wednesday, 15 July 2020