DVSA suspends heavy vehicle testing in response to Covid-19 pandemic

Three-month suspension implemented with immediate effect

The DVSA has suspended heavy vehicle testing all Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV), trailers and Public Service Vehicles (PSV) for up to three months.

All HGVs, trailers and PSVs with an annual test due to expire will be issued with a three-month certificate of exemption (CTE) until further notice.

Paper certificates will not be re-issued for HGVs, trailers and PSVs but the DVSA has said that it will amend the digital record so that vehicles can continue to operate.

The Department for Transport has said it is keeping MOT testing for cars, motorcycles and light vans under review.

A DVSA spokesperson said: “We want to ensure that all heavy vehicles and trailers remain legal whilst the country deals with the COVID-19 outbreak.

“So DVSA will be implementing the provisions within the Plating and Testing Regulations and Motor Vehicle Test Regulations which provide for HGV and PSV vehicles to be exempted from the annual roadworthiness test.

“These are exceptional circumstances and we thank you for your understanding and patience.”

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