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Vehicle dealers and driving test centres are closed from this Saturday in Portugal under new measures to fight COVID-19, local media reported. Car inspections can be scheduled by appointment.

According to the decree published on Friday, “examination centres are closed, as are commercial establishments for bicycles, motor vehicles and motorcycles.” The decree adds: “Technical vehicle inspection centres are now able to operate only by appointment.”

Commercial establishments for bicycles, motor vehicles and motorcycles were, up until now, authorised to remain open, since they were part of the list of establishments that were not required to close under the state of emergency that came into force on January 15.  Exam centres were also allowed to remain open, although driving schools were ordered to close.