HGV test exemptions in doubt as DfT reviews policy11 January 2010

A consultation proposing to remove some of the exempt vehicles from the HGV annual roadworthiness testing scheme was published late last year by Transport Minister Paul Clark.

DfT intends to review 10 categories of vehicle, because "the number of exempt vehicles is growing".
The department says it is concerned about road safety and fairness for operators – as well as staying in line with EU law on testing.

Categories covered include mobile cranes, breakdown vehicles, tower wagons, road construction vehicles, electric vans and trucks and tractive units pulling exempt trailers.

Says Clark: " The annual roadworthiness tests for lorries and other larger vehicles are vital in helping us to meet this challenge by identifying faults before they cause an accident."

John challen

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