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Garages Can Keep Open- As England set for second lockdown

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Garages Can Keep Open

So, here we are again at the beginning of the second Covid 19 lockdown. Fortunately for us then we do not have to close. Primarily because this time we have to stay open to keep the MOT system up to scratch. As I have written before the UK government in their wisdom decided to stop testing for a 6 month period. In my opinion this was a step too far.

The suspension has now caused the MOT system to backlogs. So, here at garages such as Pellon Autocentre in Halifax UK  we are booking vehicles in for the MOT test up to three weeks in advance. Happily our customers have been very kind and helpful. Understanding the circumstances and been very polite and helpful. Unfortunately, there are some drivers who just dont turn up.

So, just a phone call would help! One thing that are we having to put with is “self isolating staff”. So, at the moment we only have one of our staff in this situation. Although under pressure we are still coping, during this second lockdown.

England is to face a new national lockdown from Thursday 5 November after a rapid rise in coronavirus cases, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said. The new measures will replace local restrictions and are expected to

Source: England set for second lockdown – Garagewire

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Repairing his girlfriends car-Man fined for driving Midlands to Pembrokeshire to fix girlfriend’s car during lockdown

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Repairing his girlfriends car

Repairing his girlfriends car

So, all that I can ad to this is that the guy must be very unlucky! Unluckily, the unfortunate guy was travelling to his girlfriends home during the recent government lockdown. The guy told the police that stopped him that he was on his way to repair his girlfriends car. In the hope that this was a good excuse to go out and about! However the police thought differently and proceeded to prosecute the unfortunate driver.

So, he was finally prosecuted and fined a total of £811 by Llanelli magistrates, the guy must have felt sick! Finally I do feel sorry for drivers that are prosecuted for these sad Corvid 19 rules that we all have to endure in these sad times. personally then I am able to travel due to the fact that I own an online business selling and delivering batteries all over the UK.

A man who attempted to justify a lockdown trip from the Midlands into Pembrokeshire by claiming to be traveling to repair his girlfriend’s car has been ordered to pay a total of £811 by Llanelli

Source: Man fined for driving Midlands to Pembrokeshire to fix girlfriend’s car during lockdown – Garagewire

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MOT Lockdown Police Problems-Police issue warning amid lockdown MOT confusion

MOT Lockdown Police Problems

MOT Lockdown Police Problems

So, I can only think that the Dorset police are doing this type of random car stopping due to road offence suspicions and not specifically to do with covid 19 lockdown . In my opinion the problem was caused by the original governments decision to postpone MOT testing for a six month period in 2020. This was to be a part of the preventing motorists from having to go to their garage for an MOT test.

Staying at home was the key message to all of us. This move caused a back log of testing when the six month period ended. So, we know from experience how confusing this silly postponement caused the regular motorists. Importantly, people are still confused as to where they stand and are still calling us up for advice.

We decided early on to send our MOT customers a reminder letter to let them know and keep their cars legal. Unfortunately, not every garage did this and it look like drivers are now being pursued by the police. Especially in the Dorset area of the UK. I have not heard of anything similar in the west Yorkshire area and I hope that this does not happen.

DORSET Police has issued an urgent MOT warning to drivers amid confusion following last year’s six-month MOT extension. In a post on Facebook, Dorset Police warned penalty notices would be issued to drivers without the right

Source: Police issue warning amid lockdown MOT confusion

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independent garages Test and Trace-What ‘Test and Trace’ means for independent garages – Garagewire

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The new NHS Test and Trace service, which was launched yesterday (Thursday 28 May) in England, has raised concerns about the possible repercussions for independent garages. The programme aims to help identify, contain and control COVID-19

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So, in my opinion one of the big problems from this pandemic is the “haves and have nots”. Of course we are all one country but there are significant differences in the amount of infections across the country. Cities and large suburban areas are of course the worst hit by this terrible virus. Here in West Yorkshire where I live then the virus is practically unheard of.

In fact I do not personally know of one person that has contracted the disease!  Isolation has also been a key to individuals not catching covid 19. When we see the terrible loss of life in places like London and Birmingham then it makes me feel thankful of where I live! In beautiful Yorkshire! Yes there has been cases in our area but with  much smaller population then we must be thankful. Why people want to cram into the huge conurbations of London I just dont know.

People go on about the quality of life and the wonderful things that London has to offer but two days is all I can stand. Like millions of other people I am afraid that I will be keeping away for the foreseeable future. Other negative things include the massive attempt to keep traffic off the roads of London. Of course in the disguise of a pollution tax. Well good luck to you all and just keep watching “The Yorkshire Vet” and dream of a better place to live!

London should have been shut down and close it off at the M25. This would have spared our economy and the rest of the country from been sucked in and having to suffer. But they didn’t and what happened happened?

independent garages Test and Trace

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions.

This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within two metres for more than 15 minutes.

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.

If those in isolation develop symptoms, they can book a test online or by calling 119.

What ‘Test and Trace’ means for independent garages – Garagewire

Eric Roberts