Last reviewed 30 June 2020

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has issued important information about ADR (European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road) inspections.

It will be restarting testing for heavy vehicles from 4 July and, to provide certainty to operators, has issued a three-month exemption to all vehicles due for annual test in July.

“If your vehicle has a 3-month test exemption and you get it tested early, you will need to get an ADR inspection,” the DVSA has told operators. “If you do not get your vehicle tested, you will need to apply for an ADR inspection waiver. The waiver can only be used where a test exemption is in force.”

Details of eligibility for a waiver can be found at

The Agency has emphasised that dangerous goods should not be carried where an ADR inspection has expired and there is no waiver in force for the journey.

The DVSA has asked ATFs (Authorised Testing Facilities) to prioritise and take bookings for ADR inspections, even if an annual test exemption has been issued. A full list of all test centres, together with a postcode search tool, can be found at

Any operators experiencing difficulties getting an inspection are invited to contact the DVSA by emailing