COVID-19 Coronavirus Guidance for Independent Garages

COVID-19 Coronavirus Guidance for Independent Garages

The IGA is remaining open with phone and email support available to members as usual.

We will continue to monitor the situation as Government advice is updated, so please keep checking this page for the latest information on Coronavirus COVID-19 and how it may affect your garage business. Members can call us on the direct member helpline, 0845 305 4230, or email and we will support you however we can, in line with government advice.

Garages are allowed to remain open during this lockdown period, and carry out MOT tests or repairs. Read more here.

Government Advice

Click here to find the latest COVID-19 updates and advice on the website.

Government Email Alerts

You can sign up to receive email alerts when the government publishes or changes any COVID-19 guidance by clicking here.

Essential Links

MOT extension FAQ – DVSA

COVID-19 Update and MOTs – DVSA (30 March 2020)

Further clarification on six-month MOT extension – IGA

Coronavirus (COVID-19): MOT centre and tester guidance –

Q&A concerning police enforcement of travel and retail restrictions due to COVID-19 - DfT (4 April 2020)

MOT extension advice for vehicle owners –

COVID-19 roadside recovery guidance – AVRO

Claim wage costs through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme –

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) FAQs for SMEs – British Business Bank

If you cannot pay your tax bill on time –

COVID-19 guidance for employers –

COVID-19 guidance for employees –

COVID-19 support for businesses –

COVID-19 NHS homepage - NHS

How to prevent germs spreading - NHS

COVID-19: Cleaning of non-healthcare settings -

COVID-19 WHO homepage - World Health Organization

Coronavirus: Advice for employers and employees - ACAS

Coronavirus and claiming benefits - Universal Credit

Coronavirus help hub - BEN

HR Documentation

Advice Note: Claiming business rate relief – RMI Legal Team (2 April 2020 - Log in to view)

Template letter to local authority: Business rate relief – RMI Legal Team (2 April 2020 - Log in to view)

Letter template - Essential travel required – RMI Legal Team (27 March 2020)

Advice Note - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – RMI Legal Team (Updated 4 April 2020)

Q&A – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) – RMI Legal Team (26 March 2020)

Letter template for employer seeking consent to furlough employee – RMI Legal Team (24 March 2020)

Q&A around COVID-19 issues at work – RMI Legal Team (19 March 2020)

COVID-19 Layoff and Short Time Working – RMI Legal Team (19 March 2020)

COVID-19 Temporary workplace policies and procedures – RMI Legal Team (13 March 2020)

COVID-19 and energy supplies – RMI Utilities (24 March 2020)


COVID-19 practical steps for your independent garage - IGA

Coronavirus: Wash your hands for more than 20 seconds - Public Health England

Hand-washing technique with soap and water – NHS

Catch it, Bin it, Kill it - NHS

Scam Warning

We have been advised by Trading Standards that there are emerging a number of scams relating to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Since last month the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified 21 reports where coronavirus was mentioned with victims losing over £800,000 in total. Find out more here.

If you have any concerns or think you have been affected by a COVID-19 Coronavirus scam, you can report an incident via Citizens Advice.

It is important to note that the situation is very fluid and government guidance is changing daily. We can therefore only provide a general guide that should be used with care. Furthermore, as we are not medical professionals. We cannot provide any medical advice on the virus, its treatment or transmission. This guidance is current for 17th March 2020.