DVSA UK announces future roadworthiness testing plans

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The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in the UK has announced how the roadworthiness testing of trucks and trailers will be managed in the coming months – previously announced roadworthiness test date extensions until August will continue.

From September 2020 to March 2021 a 3-month extension will apply for all vehicles and trailers. A new 12-month exemption is possible for “Low Risk” vehicles under 2 years old or operators with Earned Recognition or “Green” operators that meet a DVSA score target.

Certificates of Temporary Exemption (CTEs) will be issued for vehicles and trailers due for test up to March 2021.

Temporary Exemption
3-month Certificate of Temporary Exemption
· Not previously had an exemption
“Low Risk” 12-month Certificate of Temporary Exemption

Eligibility
· Vehicle/trailers up to and including 2 years old or
· Earned Recognition operator or
· Operator in green OCRS roadworthiness band meeting DVSA target score.
All Temporary Exemptions will be applied automatically.

For those vehicles defined as “Low Risk” by DVSA 12-month Temporary exemptions will apply. Dates for these vehicles will move as follows:
• March 2020 tests (those exempted to September 2020) to March 2021
• April 2020 tests to April 2021
• May 2020 tests to May 2021
• June 2020 tests to June 2021
• July 2020 tests to July 2021
• August 2020 tests to August 2021
• September 2020 tests to September 2021
• October 2020 tests to October 2020
• November 2020 tests to November 2021
• December 2020 tests to December 2021
• January 2021 tests to January 2022
• February 2021 tests to February 2022
• March 2021 tests to March 2022

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) in the UK welcomes the clarity this announcement provides for operators but remains concerned about the availability of roadworthiness tests.

More information on www.gov.uk