Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has decided to suspend heavy vehicle testing all heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), trailers and public service vehicles (PSVs) for up to three months.

With immediate effect, all HGVs, trailers and PSVs with an annual test due to expire in a particular month will be issued with a three-month certificate of exemption (CTE) until further notice.

“We want to ensure that all heavy vehicles and trailers remain legal whilst the country deals with the COVID-19 outbreak,” DVSA explained. “So we will be implementing the provisions within the Plating and Testing Regulations and Motor Vehicle Test Regulations which provide for HGV and PSV vehicles to be exempted from the annual roadworthiness test.”

Paper certificates will not be re-issued for HGVs, trailers and PSVs but the Agency will amend the digital record so that vehicles can continue to operate.

It has warned operators that they will still need to keep their HGVs, trailers and PSVs maintained in a roadworthy condition and operate within the terms of their O-licence conditions.

“We know that test certificates for PSVs expire on a specific date,” the DVSA concluded. “We are looking at how we can prioritise vehicles that have an expired test certificate and we’ll provide further guidance as soon as possible.”

Last reviewed 24 March 2020