The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that certain heavy vehicles that are based on a HGV chassis will no longer be exempt from plating and testing. It is estimated that the changes will bring around 29,500 vehicles into testing. The DfT has decided to take a phased approach for vehicles coming into the scope of testing. The categories of vehicles that will be affected are:
• mobile cranes;
• breakdown vehicles;
• engineering plant and plant, not being engineering plant, which is movable plant or equipment being a motor vehicle or trailer (not constructed primarily to carry a load) especially designed and constructed for the special purposes of engineering operations;
• trailers being drying or mixing plant designed for the production of asphalt or of bituminous or tarmacadam;
• tower wagons;
• road construction vehicles (but not road rollers and other specialised equipment not based on an HGV chassis);
• electrically propelled motor vehicles first registered since 1 March 2015;
• tractor units pulling exempt trailers;
• motor tractors and heavy and light locomotives exempted under sections 185 and 186 (3) of the Road Traffic Act 1988, where these are based on a HGV chassis;
• heavy goods vehicles and trailers on the Isle of Bute;
• heavy goods vehicles and trailers on Arran, Great Cumbrae, Islay, Mull, Tiree or North Uist, which are used on mainland Great Britain;
Motor vehicles to be used in international traffic, volumetric concrete mixers, tractors with a design speed over 40km/h used for non-agricultural haulage beyond a radius of 15 miles from their operating base and all types of trailers, will need a valid Goods Vehicle Testing Certificate from 20 May 2018.
All other eligible vehicles must have a valid Goods Vehicle Testing Certificate at the time of its Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) renewal date after 19 May 2018. Prior to the VED renewal date and after 20 May 2018, vehicles without a Goods Vehicle Testing Certificate must have records available of at least the most recent safety inspection and the vehicles must be in a roadworthy condition at all times, in order to avoid enforcement action being taken.
Operators should establish now whether their vehicles will no longer be exempt from annual testing and plating requirements and ensure that the safety inspections are up to date. Operators must apply for plates and book the vehicle’s test in good time before the new requirements come into force.
Please contact our Regulatory team on 01254 828300 if you require any advice.