Certain heavy vehicles, based on an HGV chassis, will lose their plating and testing exemption on the 20 May 2018.
These categories of vehicles are:
The Department for Transport (DfT) has decided to adopt a phased approach for vehicles coming into the scope of testing. This approach will allow the phasing in of the new requirements beyond 20 May 2018 and up to 20 May 2019, for most of the vehicle types affected. However, all vehicles will require a Goods Vehicle Testing Certificate before their Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) renewal date in the course of that year at the latest.
This approach will smooth out the annual profile of tests and give industry more flexibility to balance out the testing of their fleet over a longer period.
Detail of approach to phasing in testing:
The phased approach is only for motor vehicles that:
1) are not in the list of excluded vehicle types below
2) were first registered before 20 May 2017
3) are currently (until 20 May 2018) exempt from statutory roadworthiness testing but from 20 May 2018 are subject to statutory roadworthiness testing (the change being effected by SI 2017 No.849)
All other vehicles must have a valid Goods Vehicle Testing Certificate in line with the statutory requirements. For newly-in-scope vehicles, this applies from 20 May 2018.
The following vehicles types are excluded from the phased approach (all these vehicles must have a valid Goods Vehicle Testing Certificate from 20 May 2018):
For this to apply to eligible vehicles, the following conditions must be met:
1. a valid Goods Vehicle Testing Certificate must be held at the time of the vehicle’s
first VED renewal date after 19 May 2018.
2. for vehicles without a Goods Vehicle Testing Certificate after 19 May 2018, records of the date and outcomes of at least the most recent “safety inspection” (as opposed to general maintenance) must be available for inspection by enforcement authorities if required - the person undertaking the safety inspection must be technically competent and operationally aware of the safety standards that apply to the vehicles they examine
3. the safety inspection is required to be conducted in line with DVSA’s published guidance within the Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness Manual
4. vehicles must be in a roadworthy condition at all times
Providing the above conditions are met, enforcement authorities will not take enforcement action for not having a valid Goods Vehicle Testing Certificate in place after 20 May 2018
and prior to the VED renewal date.
Enforcement action may be taken if the vehicle is not in a roadworthy condition.