Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic #3 MOT

In case anyone has not seen it https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-cars-vans-and-motorcycles-due-from-30-march-2020

From 30 March 2020, MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by 6 months. This is being done to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

There’s separate guidance about what to do if your MOT due date is up to and including 29 March 2020.

There are different temporary rules for MOT tests for lorries, buses and trailers.

What you need to do

You do not need to do anything to extend your vehicle’s MOT expiry date if it’s on or after 30 March 2020. However, you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.

Your vehicle will be automatically given a 6-month MOT exemption. This will extend your current MOT expiry date by 6 months.

ExampleYour vehicle’s MOT was due to expire on 3 April 2020.

This will automatically be extended to 3 October 2020. You will need to get your MOT by this date.

You can check your MOT history to see when you have been issued an exemption. It will not be updated straight away, so keep checking back if your new due date MOT is not yet showing.

You will not get a paper exemption certificate.

If your vehicle tax is due, you can tax your vehicle as soon as your MOT due date has been updated.

If your vehicle’s first MOT is due

Your vehicle will be automatically given a 6-month MOT exemption from the date its first MOT was due.

If your first MOT was due before 30 March 2020 and your vehicle did not pass

Your vehicle will not get an extension to its MOT due date.

Your vehicle will need to pass an MOT before you can drive it again.

The government is allowing MOT centres and garages to remain open. So you can still get an MOT if you need your vehicle:

  • to shop for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • for any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • to travel to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

Read the full guidance on staying at home and away from others.

Keep your vehicle safe to drive

You must make sure your vehicle is safe to drive (‘roadworthy’). It can be unsafe even if your MOT expiry date has been extended.

Find out how to check your vehicle is safe and read the rules about vehicle maintenance, safety and security.

You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

You should still take your vehicle to be repaired at the nearest open garage. The government is allowing them to remain open.

Published 25 March 2020

Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic #2

Unfortunately we have had to make the decision to cancel the 2020 Rose of the Shires.

ROSE OF THE SHIRES UPDATE – COVID19

Dear Entrants,

As you have probably realised it is inevitable that we have decided to cancel the 2020 Rose of the Shires Charity Road Run until May 2021.

Following government guidelines with regard to self-isolating we think this is the only course of action to take but would like to thank all those who have entered this year’s run for your support.

We will endeavour to refund your entry fee by cheque as soon as it is possible to do so.

If you haven’t already informed us that you wish to donate your entry fee to the Air Ambulance Services, a big thank-you to all those people who have,  we would be most grateful and ask that you confirm this to us.

We will of course invite you to join us for the 2021 Rose of the Shires and look forward to seeing you all then.

Once again thank you for your support. Take care and stay safe.

Regards,
Val Arnold
Treasurer
Northants MGOC

Contact Details:
Email:                    roseoftheshires@mgnorthants.org
Post:                      29 Woodside Avenue Boothville Northampton NN3 6JL

Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic #1

Dear member

Your committee has over the last few days been discussing how we respond as a club to various scenarios, caused due to Coronavirus. Obviously the Health of the Membership is the Highest Priority to us all.

Following the advice from the Government in particular.(Paraphrased)

  • Everyone should avoid gatherings with friends and family, as well as large gatherings and crowded places, such as pubs, clubs and theatres.
  • By next weekend, those with the most serious health conditions and over 70’s must be “largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks”

We are taking the following action, there will be no formal club meeting until at least the end of May (March Sundays Meeting, and Wednesday and Sunday Meetings in April and May). If members wish to gather at The Aviator on those dates/times that will be a personal decision, but there will be no formal club activity. We will advise further going forward as I would imagine the advice will develop.

In respect of events that have been booked such as the 29th March Brampton Halt lunch, then this must be a members own personal decision if they wish to attend. (Equally although a few months away the Wansford Fish and Chips Evening). Events such as Hollowell, Kimbolton etc, assuming they are not cancelled will again be a members personal decision if they attend.

We will try our best and keep up with events as they are cancelled and notify people, and in particular if we hear The Aviator is closed. We will look to post messages on the clubs Facebook Page and email members with any updates, as they happen.

At present we have not cancelled the Rose of The Shires run, and will be making a decision in the next few week, to see how the situation develops.

It’s very unfortunate we are having to make these decisions just as (hopefully) the weather is starting to improve, but everyone’s Health is the prime concern.

We are awaiting to see how thing develop but will be looking at membership fees once thing return to normality.

Best Wishes to Everyone and Stay Healthy

Gary on behalf of the Northants MG Owners Club Committee.

The Club’s AGM

AGM Report – from Gary Cunnington

If anyone who was not able to attend the AGM wants any further information, I will be happy to provide an update.

Thanks to all those members that attended the AGM on the 11th March at The Aviator Sywell.

The key points from the meeting were as follows.

The Committee has decided moving forward to keep the AGM simpler and hopefully shorter.

The aim of the Committee has been to deliver on the changes which came out of last year’s members survey. The committee also looked at where club funds were being spent, and importantly how we could save funds

The Club received a Thank-you from “The Air Ambulance Service” in January this year in recognition of the £19678.97 that has been raised by the Club over the years. Thank-you to everyone.

Ade Lunn provided a report on all the events that had been organised by the club during the last year both social and car events.

Val Arnold ran through the Financial Report.

Jo Tibbs gave a report on future events.

As a result of reviewing the club’s insurance and having to pay on a per individual basis for Insurance and the Federation of Historic British Vehicles Clubs membership. The Committee have decided to review the membership fees. The revised fees are as follows Single Membership is £17.50 but joint Membership for another person living in the same household is a further £2.50 (so £20 per couple). All members of the club will be covered by the club’s liability insurance.

Awards

The Committee have decided moving forward to present some awards at the AGM and others at an event to be confirmed later in the year.

Syd lapper Memorial Cup —- Clive and Jenny Waddingham

Romany Shield—— Gary and Pam McCarroll

Candid Camera —– John and Marie Burton

Clive Waddingham Award—- Richard Atley The Clive Waddingham Award is a new award and can be awarded for anything decided by the Committee.

Thanks were given to the existing Committee – Ade Lunn, Val Arnold, Jo Tibbs, Tony and Penny Reading, Roy Brawn.

The Social Committee Jo Tibbs, Dougie Brown, Margaret Banfield, Penny Reading Chris Cunnington and Bruce Ward.

Ken Banfield for being the Editor of My Graffiti

Tony Reading for work on the Web page.

Mary Medhurst for storing the club’s equipment.

Online Membership Renewal

The on-line membership form is now available as from tonight’s AGM. Go to the site main menu and either click on Subscriptions or Join Us and then Subscriptions.

On completion and submission of the form you will receive an email telling you how much to pay and how to pay.