MOTORISTS across the UK whose MOT is due to expire in the next few days will be given a six-month extension while coronavirus forces businesses shut.

On Wednesday, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed the government would be granting an MOT temporary exemption after Britain went into lockdown earlier this week.

According to the government those due to renew or obtain an MOT from Monday, March 30 onwards will automatically receive a six-month extension.

However, motorists have been warned that they must actively keep their car in a roadworthy condition.

Although garages and service centres are exempt from the businesses that have been ordered to close, its hoped the extension will come as a relief as the UK deals with COVID-19.

On social media, unhappy motorists have complained that garages and service centres have become inundated with those trying to get their vehicle checked and MOT'd.

Some garages are understood to have restricted their ability to serve customers unless they pre-arrange an appointment.