OPERATORS and owners of previously exempt heavy goods vehicles must make sure their vehicles have taken their first annual test by 20 May 2019, DVSA is warning operators.

In May 2018, a number of heavy goods vehicles lost their exemption and came into the scope of testing for the first time. DVSA introduced a phased approach to help give businesses time to get their vehicles tested.

Previously exempt vehicles that were eligible for the phased approach require a test certificate before their Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) renewal date. Operators and owners have until their VED renewal date to get their vehicles tested or face not being able to get their vehicle taxed and could face fines or prosecution.

Vehicles needing to be tested are those based on an HGV chassis and include: mobile cranes; breakdown vehicles (not breakdown vans); tower wagons; some mobile engineering plant; trailers designed for the production of asphalt; road construction vehicles and electrically propelled motor vehicles first registered since 1 March 2015.