Operators should consider moving autumn vehicle inspections to summer, says DVSA20 April 2021

Because of the annual test exemptions that DVSA offered last year due to COVID-19, DVSA annual inspections for trucks and trailers are no longer evenly spaced throughout the year. It warns that the August to November period is ‘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,” it said.

As a result, it is suggesting that operators consider pulling forward tests for vehicles that are due in this period to May, June and July.

Those months, again because of the pandemic, are much less busy.

It says: “For peace of mind, we are advising operators with tests in August, September, October and November to move to May, June or July and avoid the busier months later in the year. Doing this will also help you to avoid issues in future years.”

A new web service indicates the availability of test slots at local ATFs. It is available via the link below.

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