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DVSA - Heavy vehicle test exemptions – September 2020

14 Aug 2020

Certain vehicles and trailers with MOTs due in September 2020 are getting exemptions.

Have I got an exemption?

Eligible vehicles and trailers with September 2020 test dates have been given 3-month exemptions.

12-month exemptions will be applied from 24 August 2020.

3-month exemption

   Not previously had an exemption     and not eligible for a 12-month         exemption (see above)

December 2020

Which vehicles/trailers need a test in September 2020?

Mandatory tests will be required for vehicles and trailers which do not qualify for a longer exemption. These are:

  • Vehicles given a 3-month exemption in March 2020
  • Vehicles given a 3-month exemption in June 2020

How do I find out my current test date?

Operators can use MOT test history to confirm vehicle test expiry dates.

What advice has been given to ATFs?

We continue to remind ATFs about the vehicle/trailer tests they should prioritise. The highest priority are those which legally need a test.

  1. Vehicles/trailers legally due a test within a month
  2. Vehicles/trailers going on international journeys
  3. Dangerous goods vehicles
  4. Specialist vehicle types (e.g. refuse vehicles, gritters)
  5. Prohibition clearances

What if I am unable to get a test booking?

We’ll be making more testing staff available to ATFs at short notice. So, it’s worth checking availability several times with a range of ATFs.

To find ATFs within an area, visit our Book a lorry, bus or trailer annual test page.