A key worker’s guide to driving during the lockdown
While a huge number of Brits are working from home or furloughed, there are many who are required to carry on as normal.
As such, these key workers are exempt from some of the general government orders, as they would be unable to fulfil their roles otherwise.
The guidance on motoring, in particular, doesn’t fully apply to key workers.
Is my commute classed as essential travel?
If you’re a key worker, yes. If you work in health and social care, education and childcare or key public services for example, you are classed as a key worker and thus your commute is essential.
There are many roles and sectors that fall within the criteria — you can find further guidance on who is included on the government’s website.
Business travel for key workers is also classed as essential — for example, workers in waste management require access to wagons and trucks to carry out their work.
Am I able to get an MOT and service?
The government has announced a six-month extension on MOTs for cars, vans and motorcycles, effective from 30 March 2020. This is in addition to the existing three-month extension on buses, trailers and HGVs.
However, a number of garages are still operating and servicing vehicles — in particular, many are reserving availability and offering special deals for key workers.
If your vehicle requires an MOT, it’s best to get in touch with your preferred garage and make arrangements on how the car will be dropped off and collected, to minimise contact with others.
I was learning to drive before the lockdown — can I continue?
In March, the government announced a three-month suspension on driving tests, but key workers can apply for an emergency test.
Get the latest lockdown info
Keep up with the government’s latest guidance at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
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