Free Rolling Tyres: change to the annual test – 1 April

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Free Rolling Tyres: change to the annual test – 1 April

DVSA have previously told you that from 1 April 2023, free rolling tyres (FRTs) fitted to front steering axles will be treated as a major deficiency at annual test.

This means such vehicles and trailers will fail the annual test.

Free Rolling Tyres

A tyre marked with the term ‘FRT’ on the side wall stands for Free Rolling Tyre.

This marking means the tyre is designed for use on axles of a motor vehicle and trailer axles, other than front steering and drive axles.

Currently, vehicles and trailers which are fitted with FRTs on drive axles are categorised as a major item at annual test and will result in a failure.

Prepare for the change

DVSA have updated the HGV and PSV inspection manuals to reflect the change for FRTs on front steering axles.

Tyre checks should be part of a driver’s daily walkaround checks – as well as the regular management controls that operators need to have in place. You can read DVSA’s latest blog post on good tyre management.

Vehicles which are being used for a driving test must be compliant. DVSA will refuse to carry out a test if vehicles are not in a roadworthy condition.

Lloyd Morgan Group provide a wide range of transport compliance solutions including the following:

Drivers’ Walk Around Check Training

Driver Pre Use ‘Gate Checks’ Audit

Wheel Loss Prevention Training

For more information on how we can help with tyre management please call us on 01543 897505 or contact us.