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11 Mar 2021


The Department for Transport (DfT) has undertaken a review of heavy vehicle testing, in conjunction with DVSA and the industry.  


The review, carried out from September to December 2020, sought to identify whether the current testing system is fit for purpose, has identified areas for future work and has made recommendations for changes to be made to the testing system.  The review has been published today, Wednesday 10 March on GOV.UK via


Working in partnership

The report makes a number of conclusions and recommendations about the heavy vehicle testing service.

Over the next few months, we’ll be working in partnership with DfT, vehicle operators, Authorised Testing Facilities (ATFs) and trade bodies to decide how we can take forward the recommendations. This will include working out the timescales for implementation.


What happens next?

We’ll communicate with you regularly on our progress, though direct messages like this one and our Moving On blog.

We want to ensure our customers are fully involved in how we implement the recommendations – to make sure that the service works well for all.  We will let you know about opportunities to be involved in this work.


DVSA Moving On Blog: