DVSA announce truck testing to restart but not all Scottish ATFs will reopen

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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced that truck testing will restart from 4 July for those vehicles given exemptions at the start of the coronavirus lockdown.

Since 21 March, trucks and trailers requiring an annual test have been issued three month MoT exemptions.

For operators in Scotland the situation is not so clear. DVSA added that it will not be able to restart testing at some of the authorised test facilities (ATFs) in Scotland immediately, and that ‘further information will be provided to those ATFs’.

If operators want a voluntary test before then, they may have to travel a bit further, DVSA added.

To cater for the vehicles that missed MoTs through March, April and May, the DVSA has already issued three month exemptions for vehicles due an annual test in June, and will issue further exemptions for vehicles due a MoT in July.

‘In August, vehicles which have already received an exemption will need a test. All other vehicles due for a test in August will receive a three-month exemption. When those exemptions expire, vehicles will need to be brought in for test.’

DVSA said it will increase ‘the availability of testers over the coming months, in line with social distancing and the latest Government guidance’.

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