Head of Vehicle Testing Policy, Gordon Thomson, explains what we've learned since the changes came in and looks to the future.
Advice and guidance on the annual MOT test for trucks, buses and vans
The roadworthiness directive will be implemented later this month, on 20 May 2018. Following my previous blog post, I wanted to give you an update about the work we’ve been doing since then.
We’re now getting close to implementing the roadworthiness directive. Most of the changes will happen in May 2018, so I wanted to let you know about the main ones that’ll affect heavy vehicle testing.
Myth: You can’t drive away from a test station if you’ve been issued a failure certificate.
If your vehicle has failed its annual test it isn’t road legal. If you intend to use it on the road you should have it repaired as soon as possible.
Myth: "There's only one place in Great Britain (GB) to have an In-Service ATP inspection."
This post discusses the locations of ATP designated stations in GB and explains how vehicle operators and owners can get their vehicles and containers certified in accordance with the ATP.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has published new guidance on fitting side guards, which are also known as lateral protection devices (LPDs).
In April 2015, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) introduced a new headlamp aim test for heavy vehicles. We changed the test following significant research which resulted in a report on the effect of road safety. The report was produced by the Transport Safety Research Centre (TSRC) at Loughborough University.
We’re changing the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) and Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) vehicle test times from 1 March 2016.
Between June and October 2015, DVSA published a series of Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) ‘help to get a pass’ guides. We’ve done this to help give you a better chance of meeting the required standards and getting a first time pass at an IVA inspection.
The North West Midlands has become the fourth Next Generation Testing (NGT) network to go live as the roll-out of this modern, flexible service continues across the country.