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HGV Testing Suspended amid COVID-19 pandemic.

23.03.2020

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has taken the decision to suspend heavy vehicle testing all Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV), trailers and Public Service Vehicles (PSV) for up to three months.
From today, all HGVs, trailers and PSVs with an annual test due to expire in a particular month 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 DVSA will amend the digital record so that vehicles can continue to operate.  
DVSA wants 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.
What this means for businesses;
DVSA will automatically extend test certificates for three months from the current expiry date.
We know that test certificates for PSVs expire on a specific date.  DVSA is looking at how it can prioritise vehicles that have an expired test certificate and will provide further guidance as soon as possible.
Members will still need to keep their HGVs, trailers and PSVs maintained in a roadworthy condition and operate within the terms of operators’ licence conditions.