Last reviewed 22 April 2021

Last year, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) issued exemptions from vehicle testing to help keep industry moving during the pandemic. However, as a result, test dates are not evenly spread throughout the year and August, September, October and November are significantly busier than usual.

“This will put pressure on the wider industry, including those involved in preparing vehicles for test and maintaining them throughout the year, as well as the capacity available at ATFs,” the Agency points out.

The months of May, June and July all now have much lower test volumes with ATFs (authorised testing facilities) having more tests available in those months.

For peace of mind, the DVSA is advising operators with tests due in August, September, October and November to move to May, June or July in order to avoid the busier months later in the year. Doing this will also help them to avoid similar test congestion in future years.

Moving tests in this way will, the Agency argues, help everyone as operators can guarantee their test date with the demand for vehicle maintenance and preparation spread out during the year. In addition, ATFs can better manage the demand and the DVSA can get the right levels of staff to the facilities.

To find out if a local ATF or nearby sites have test availability, operators should check: GOV.UK.