The Government has suspended MOTs for all heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and public service vehicles (PSVs) for up to three months as part of the effort to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

The suspension, announced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), came into effect on 21 March.

All HGVs and PSVs with an MOT will be issued with a three-month certificate of temporary exemption (CTE) until further notice.

Vehicles must be maintained, kept safe to drive, and operate within the terms of operators’ licence conditions, the DVSA said.

The Department for Transport continues to keep MOT testing for cars, motorcycles and light vans under review.

The announcement was made at the same time that driving tests in England, Scotland and Wales were suspended to limit contact between candidates and examiners in vehicles.

‘We are having to take big decisions to protect the public in our national battle against COVID-19,’ said transport secretary Grant Shapps.

‘Regrettably, we have had to suspend driver testing for up to three months to help tackle the spread of the virus.’

‘It is vital that those who need a test can get one so DVSA is offering tests to those who have a critical need, such as the NHS and drivers delivering goods across the UK,’ he added.

‘Those who have tests cancelled will have priority when testing resumes.’