Last year, the DVSA issued test exemptions to help ATFs manage the vehicles and trailers coming in for tests. This means that testing for HGVs will look a bit different in 2021 than it would in a normal year.
More demand in some months
The DVSA has been talking to ATFs and operators about this and looking at the demand for testing over the coming months, with some months set to be busier than usual. April will be the first month the DVSA predicts to have a higher number of tests compared to a regular testing year.
Other months will be quieter
In February and March, the DVSA has seen a lower number of tests due to expire than normal. So ATFs will have more tests available in those months.
Could you get an earlier test?
The DVSA previously worked with ATFs to minimise the number of vehicles coming in early, so it could guarantee tests for those who needed them. It will now be relaxing this because it has gained a better idea about the tests due in each month.
That’s why the DVSA has encouraged ATFs to consider rescheduling some tests into February or March, when ATFs will be quieter.