Heavy vehicle test exemptions – October 2020


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Heavy vehicle test exemptions – October 2020

Certain vehicles and trailers with original MOT due dates in October 2020 will get an exemption.

Will I 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

Which vehicles/trailers 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

How do I find out my current test date?

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

What advice has been given to ATFs?

We 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

What if I am unable to get a test booking?

We’ll 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 our Book a lorry, bus or trailer annual test page.