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Coronavirus: dangerous goods vehicle (ADR) annual inspections

1 Apr 2020

Dangerous goods vehicle annual inspections have been suspended from 21 March 2020 because of coronavirus - find out how to get a waiver to use your vehicle.



Your vehicle is eligible for a waiver if it’s registered in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and either:

has a current ADR1C dangerous goods certificate which expires on or after 21 March 2020 is a new vehicle that entered service in the last year under authorisation 476

Vehicles you cannot get a waiver for

You cannot get a waiver for:

  • a new non-type approved dangerous goods vehicle being put into service for the first time
  • a vehicle where the details on the ADR1C document have changed - for example, a change of owner or the products it’s allowed to carry
  • a dangerous goods vehicle which is not covered by The Goods Vehicles (Plating and Testing) Regulations 1988 - for example, a vehicle or trailer (including the maximum load it can carry safely when it’s being used on the road) that’s less than 3.5 tonnes (this is sometimes called the ‘gross vehicle weight’)

You need to apply to get these vehicles approved to carry dangerous goods by road in the usual way.


What you need to do

  • Check when your authorisation expires - you can find this on the ADR1C certificate if you have one, or in your digital records.

  • Download and fill in the Application for ADR annual inspection waiver (MS Word Document, 47.1KB) for each vehicle.

  • Save the form on your computer or device.

Send the form to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) 10 working days before your authorisation runs out. Do not send it any earlier.

Rules for using the waiver

You must carry these documents (either printed or digital copies) in the vehicle:

  • a copy of the confirmation email from DVSA
  • the authorisation certificate

You can be given a deferred prohibition notice for not carrying the right documents.