Last reviewed 31 May 2021

From 1 June 2021, any prohibitions for testable vehicles or trailers that are not cleared at the roadside will be referred for a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) prohibition removal inspection at an Authorised Testing Facility (ATF).

The DVSA has announced that the temporary measures which were put in place when vehicle testing was stopped because of Covid-19 are being removed as the service has recovered to a point where the majority of prohibition clearances can return to physical inspections.

“If the vehicle is being used with a certificate of temporary exemption or the annual test certificate is over six months old,” the Agency has said, “the vehicle will be referred for a full removal inspection. A new annual test certificate will be issued with the removal notice once a pass result is achieved.”

Vehicles with an annual test certificate less than six months old will be referred for a partial inspection, where a removal notice will be issued.

Prohibitions issued for an annual test dangerous fail or police issued prohibitions will be removed through the usual process of a DVSA inspection at the ATF.

Finally, the DVSA remote enforcement office will still process remote prohibition removals for notices which were issued before 1 June 2021.