Motoring News Round Up – Coronavirus Special

Life is moving pretty fast for all of us right now, and the world of motoring is no different. How we live our lives is changing by the day. What seemed certain is now in doubt and none of us know where or how this will end.

All we can do is keep informed as we watch this thing play out.

And, in motoring news, things are changing too.

Let’s start with some good news. If, like your weekly news reporter, you were due to take a speed awareness course any time soon (coughs a non-contagious cough), you may have had a letter telling you that your course is cancelled, your fees refunded and your case dropped. Obviously, this is a first-person account, so we don’t know if this is the case for all regions, but it’s good news for those of us who see the error of our ways and where the extra £90 will come in handy. 

Petrol prices are down. Not that we should be going anywhere any time soon, but you know, it’s good to keep the tank topped up while it’s at this price – however, this should of course, only be if you were out already and a petrol station is on your route and you’re wearing gloves to protect yourself. Don’t be so silly as to just be going out to top up because you felt the need to get out and about.

MOTs deferred – that’s right, if your Mot is due any time soon, you’ve been given a 6 month grace period to carry it out. So cancel that appointment for now and wait until it’s a bit safer to head out before taking a trip you don’t need. 

Hospital parking charges waived for key workers. While there’s generally not much to thank Piers Morgan for, this we do have to acknowledge was a good thing to do. The more people can travel alone to save lives, the better. And a big shout out to all the independent car parks who have also waived parking charges for key workers. 

Congestion Charges suspended. No congestion charges around London to also help key workers. Well done, TFL, just need to sort out The Tube now and we’ll be impressed.

If you are inevitably home-bound for the next 3 or so months, it’s worth giving your car insurance company a call to see if you can reduce your annual mileage to see if they will drop your premium price for you. 

And if you are still on the road – please, please, please ensure it is for vital travel only, that you aren’t off for a nice drive into the country while the sun is shining or because you’ve got cabin fever. Yes, you may be alone and perfectly safe, but it only takes a car accident to find yourself heading towards the hospital and diverting the attention of our key workers for something that was unnecessary, putting not just you, but others in danger. 

Stay safe everyone. 

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