Problems experienced with MOT and servicing during the first lockdown have not be repeated a second time around, new research from Fleet Assist suggests.
MOT and service centres were inundated with bookings before new coronavirus lockdown restrictions came into force, despite being allowed to remain open.
Forty-one per cent of fleets are experiencing issues booking service, maintenance and repair (SMR) work or MOTs, despite dealerships re-opening in June.
Thousands of company cars and vans had their contracts extended during the coronavirus crisis, according to new data from Epyx.
The Government is being urged to persuade motorists to book their MOT now in the interests of road safety and fears testing stations could become overwhelmed.
The DVSA is urging operators of vehicles due an MOT in September, October or November, to bring them forward to beat the expected rush for tests in the autumn.
Analysis of the latest Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) data by BookMyGarage, showed that 1 in 10 cars on the road could be classified as having ‘dangerous defects’.
Service, maintenance and repair (SMR) for fleets is coming under pressure on three fronts, according to Epyx.
Hundreds of thousands of vehicles due to be tested this summer could end up causing a backlog, the RAC has warned.
The Government has announced that mandatory MOT tests for cars, motorcycles and vans in England, Scotland and Wales will be restarted from August 1.
There were five million fewer MOT tests carried out in April and May 2020 than in the same months last year.
Half of drivers plan on getting their car serviced and MOT’d as normal, despite Coronavirus.
A Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted by MoneySuperMarket has revealed that more than 3m (3,025,345) cars and vans had their MOT extended since March 30.
New research by Kwik Fit has revealed that almost 1.1 million unroadworthy vehicles are set to return to the roads as lockdown begins to ease.
Venson Automotive Solutions has urged fleet managers to encourage company car drivers to ensure their vehicles are ‘road ready’ as the nation anticipates an easing of lockdown.
Fleet Assist says that almost half of its UK servicing outlets have remained open during the lockdown to keep key worker fleets on the road.
FleetCheck says there is a “strong argument” for fleets to continue car and van MOT tests to ensure safety.
The UK’s MOT testing system could be overloaded later this year when the country comes out of lockdown, fears Licence Check.
The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has said it is raising concerns with Government regarding the impact of extending MOTs for six months.
Vehicle owners will be granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing, allowing people to carry on with essential travel, says the Department for Transport (DfT).
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