ATF moratorium partially rescinded07 June 2021

Since 2017, DVSA has paused applications for new ATFs. As part of the heavy vehicle testing review, The Department for Transport has recommended that the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency should consider allowing more Authorised Testing Facilities (ATFs) to open.

As a first step towards ending the moratorium, DVSA will now accept new applications for proposed ATFs under these conditions:

  • Is a move of premises for an existing ATF, but it is within the same geographic area
  • Already has ‘approval in principle’ from DVSA
  • Is in an area with a substantial shortage of ATFs: Orkney and mainland Highlands of Scotland
  • Is in Southern England and is offering testing of fully-laden fuel tankers (this is often known as a full pet. reg. site) or ADR testing
  • Will significantly improve the service to heavy vehicle operators, by reduced journey times or other efficiency benefits. Applications made under this criteria will be prioritised based on the certainty and scale of improvement in service the proposed ATF can offer.

DVSA points out that applications will need to be assessed and approved and contracts issued. Only then will testing staff be allocated. However, as they are scheduled several months ahead, so start dates may not be immediate.

It added that these criteria will be widened in the future.

William Dalrymple

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