The department of transport has recommended that the DVSA should allow more of the Authorised Testing Facilities (ATF) to open.
The DVSA stopped accepting new applications for ATF’s in 2017 to help the existing ATFs and meet their needs.
When the DVSA temporarily pause applications this is called a moratorium.
A plan has been developed by the DVSA and industry bodies to allow applications for new ATFs.
- Is a move of premises for an existing ATF, but it is within the same geographic area
- Already has ‘approval in principle’ from DVSA
- Is in an area with a substantial shortage of ATFs, currently Orkney and mainland Highlands of Scotland
- Is in Southern England and is offering testing of fully laden fuel tankers (this is often known as a full pet. reg. site) or ADR testing
- Will significantly improve the service to heavy vehicle operators, by reduced journey times or other efficiency benefits. Applications made under this criteria will be prioritised based on the certainty and scale of improvement in service the proposed ATF can offer.
Are you interested in joining the ATF by opening a testing site?
As an operator you can submit an application under any of the 5 criteria from Thursday 3rd June 2021.
There have been some minor changes to the application form, for further gusidance you can go to the DVSA website.
If you are successful with your application and contracts are in place staff will be sheduled in but as they are booked months in advance, start dates may not be immediate. The DVSA is looking to widen the criteria so more businesses can qualify.
DVSA is working hard with the industry bodies to expan this plan. The DVSA welcome feedback on future arrangements through your trade organsation.