Both passenger car and HGV roadworthiness testings were suspended for 3 months on 21 March in Great Britain. Since then, the Road Haulage Association has expressed their concerns about the seizure several times. Still, it is unknown when HGV MOT tests can be started again.
Even before COVID-19 took hold we were concerned about the relaxation of testing and DVSA’s approach. At a time when our industry is having to maintain vehicles to keep food and medicines moving, surely now is the time for decisive action to reintroduce, in June or July, delegated HGV testing” – RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said at the beginning of May.
RHA was emphasising that HGV testing was an essential part of managing road safety and operators were pushing hard to gain clarity for when the suspension will be lifted for their operational planning.
The end of the 3-month-long suspension is around the corner so we asked DVSA what to expect.
These are unprecedented times and we are committed to returning to testing as soon as it is safe and practical to do so, while following government advice” – Richard Hennessy, DVSA Director of Operations answered Trans.INFO’s question.
RHA has announced yesterday, 4 June, that DVSA intends to reopen the HGV roadworthiness testing system from Monday 15 June.
It will be a limited service and some areas will not get coverage initially – operators will need to check if ATFs get tests allocated by DVSA from 15 June” – the news site of RHA writes.
However, DVSA hasn’t confirmed it yet.
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