Heavy vehicle testing to continue during lockdown, DVSA confirms

Lorry, bus and trailer annual testing not affected by latest restrictions and garages can continue MOTs for cars and light commercials

Heavy vehicle testing to continue during lockdown, DVSA confirms

Heavy vehicle testing will not be affected by new lockdown measures due to come into force in England later this week, the DVSA has confirmed.

In a statement, the DVSA said: “The national restrictions do not affect our heavy vehicle testing service and authorised testing facilities can remain open.

“We can continue to provide the vehicle standards assessors needed to test heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and public service vehicles (PSVs) safely.”

MOT testing for cars, private buses and light commercial vehicles can also continue for garages, the agency has now also confirmed.

Related: Garages can remain open for MOTs, DVSA says

It comes as England faces a new national lockdown from Thursday 5 November after a rapid rise in coronavirus cases.

The new measures will replace local restrictions and are expected to apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December – although Cabinet Minister Michael Gove admitted it may be extended beyond this date on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.

Related: England set for second lockdown

The latest restrictions will require people to stay at home, except for specific purposes and will force certain businesses and venues to close once again.

The government is yet to confirm if garages can remain open during the forthcoming lockdown but Garage Wire understands that the list of businesses allowed to stay open will be the same as those listed in the first lockdown, which would mean independent garages can remain open.

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