FTA IS angry its members have been left in the dark by the government for the second month in a row, as they await an announcement on how HGV MOT testing will be conducted from July onwards.

‘With just 13 days before bookable  MOT  test  appointments  would need to be available from DVSA, we are concerned that more exemption certificates will need to be issued,’ said the FTA.

‘This is resulting in some trucks operating for 18 months since their last MOT.  In addition, operators are concerned about whether or not DVSA will have sufficient testing resource available to return to full volume testing in the near future.

FTA members remain confused why DVSA examiners have not yet been sent back to work when haulage businesses across the country have been operating for some time.

DVSA withdrew its Vehicle Standards Assessors from testing facilities overnight on 18 March and started issuing three month exemption certificates to vehicles from 24 March.