October 2020 HGV Test Exemptions

The DVSA have confirmed that certain vehicles and trailers with original MOT due dates in October 2020 will get an exemption.

How do I know if I will get an exemption?

Eligible vehicles and trailers with October 2020 test dates will be given a 3 or 12-month exemption.

Exemption status Eligibility New test date
12-month exemption Either:

  • Earned Recognition operator (whole fleet)
  • operator in green OCRS roadworthiness band with 50 or more events and a calculated roadworthiness base score of 1.3 or lower on 27 July 2020
  • vehicles or trailers up to 2 years old
October 2021
3-month exemption Not previously had an exemption and not eligible for a 12-month exemption (see above) January 2021

Will my vehicle or trailer need a test in October 2020?

Mandatory tests will be required for vehicles and trailers which do not qualify for a longer exemption. These are:

  • Vehicles with an original test date in April 2020
  • Vehicles with an original test date in July 2020

Where can I find out my current test date?

Operators can use MOT test history to confirm vehicle test expiry dates.

ATF advice

The DVSA continue to remind ATFs about the vehicle/trailer tests they should prioritise. The highest priority are those which legally need a test.

  1. Vehicles/trailers legally due a test within a month
  2. Vehicles/trailers going on international journeys
  3. Dangerous goods vehicles
  4. Specialist vehicle types (e.g. refuse vehicles, gritters)
  5. Prohibition clearances

Can’t book a test?

The DVSA will be making more testing staff available to ATFs at short notice. So, it’s worth checking availability several times with a range of ATFs.

To find ATFs within an area, visit the DVSA Book a lorry, bus or trailer annual test page.

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