In reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, DVSA has announced that all MOT testing of lorries and trailers will be suspended for three months from 21st March.
Lorries and trailers due for test in the suspension period will be issued with exemptions automatically. Some vehicles, such as those due for their first MOT test and vehicles returning to service with a test certificate that expired before March, will require an application for exemption certificates.
Richard Burnett, RHA Chief Executive, commented: “These are unprecedented times that need creative and pragmatic approaches. It is vital that all vehicles on our roads remain safe to use and their roadworthiness must be maintained at all times.”
The RHA believes that roadworthiness testing should recommence as soon as possible using qualified ATF staff operating under delegated authority from the Secretary of State.
The RHA believes delegating the testing to qualified staff, in a similar way to that done for car and van MOTs, would be the most effective and safest way to restore the system.