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DVSA - COVID-19: update - Vehicle Testing and Vocational Tests

25 Sep 2020

The Government has announced that new measures will be introduced on 24 September to limit the spread of coronavirus.


What this means for DVSA services:

Currently the new restrictions do not affect our heavy vehicle testing service which restarted on 4 July.


When you should get your vehicle tested:

DVSA are continuing to manage testing demand using exemptions. You should only book your vehicle in for its test when the MOT is due they advise.

This will make sure that tests aren’t booked when they’re not needed and vehicles and trailers which legally need a test can get one.

DVSA extends a thank you for continuing to follow COVID-safe testing procedures to help ensure your safety and the safety of ATF and DVSA staff.

You should continue to manage the regular maintenance and inspection schedule for your vehicles and trailers during the exemption period. This is a legal requirement under your operator’s licence.

Operator licensing will continue as normal.


Vocational tests

DVSA vocational theory and practical test services will not be affected by the additional restrictions. Tests will continue to go ahead as planned and the booking service will remain open.

Enforcement activity

They will continue their enforcement work to protect you from unsafe drivers and vehicles on the roads.  They’ll also continue to work remotely to support drivers and operators to follow guidance and legislation and, where appropriate, improve their driver and vehicle safety standards. 

They’re grateful for the vital role you’re playing in transporting goods at this challenging time.


What happens next:

the situation will be kept under review and any changes advised.

The latest government guidance to stop the spread of coronavirus is available on GOV.UK.