The DVSA has announced on 23 March 2020 that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is suspending all vehicle approval tests for up to three months to help prevent the spread of the virus.
A vehicle approval test is required for all vehicles which have been newly built, rebuilt, radically altered or imported. They are also mandatory following the reconstruction of a classic vehicle.
This suspension applies to the following types of vehicle approval tests:
· Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA)
· Motorcycle Single Vehicle Approval (MSVA)
· Certificate of Initial Fitness (COIF)
If your vehicle approval test has been cancelled, you will receive an email approximately two weeks prior to the planned test date. This email will inform you that your test has been rebooked and will provide details of the new date and time of your test. The new test date is likely to be around three months after the original test date.
Emergency vehicle approval tests will be available during this period for any vehicles which are critical to the COVID-19 response. Areas which are critical to the response are:
· health and social care
· education and childcare
· key public services
· local and national government
· food and other necessary goods
· public safety and national security
· freight transport
· utilities, communication and financial services
The following vehicles are eligible for an emergency test if they are being used in critical areas:
· vehicles designed and built to transport patients (it cannot have more than 8 seats in addition to the driver’s seat)
· light goods vehicles weighing no more than 3.5 tonnes when loaded
· vehicles designed and built to carry goods, weighing over 3.5 tonnes when loaded
· trailers weighing over 3.5 tonnes when loaded
To apply for an emergency vehicle approval test you will need to apply in the usual way (guidance on how to do so can be found here – https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-approval/individual-vehicle-approval) In addition to this, you will be required to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org giving the following details:
· phone number
· details of why your test is essential
· your application reference number (sometimes called a ‘TAS reference number’)
· the names of 3 DVSA test stations you could go to – you cannot get your vehicle tested at a non-DVSA site
· the earliest date you’re available for a test
· how many vehicles you want to get tested and if you can get them tested on the same day
If your vehicles does require a vehicle approval test within the next 3 months, but is not eligible for an emergency test, then the vehicle should not be used on the road until it has been appropriately tested.
Contact the Regulatory team on 01254 828300 or email@example.com for more information.