Back on 6th May 2020 we wrote about an article from Motor Transport where DVSA were being called to delegate HGV testing due to the Covid-19 crisis (HERE IS THE LINK).
Following that article, the DVSA are still refusing to allow ATFs to aid in clearing the mounting backlog of HGV and trailer tests. The RHA (Road Haulage Association) and ATF Operators Association (ATFOA) condemns the move.
DVSA stopped all testing for 3 months by standing down its assessors on 23rd March 2020. RHA’s Head of Licensing and Infrastructure Policy, Tom Cotton said, ‘Why did DVSA shut down HGV annual testing at the start of the lockdown, when tyre fitters and HGV maintenance teams can carry on working?. There are over 6,400 IRTEC examiners who could be part of the solution and I can only think the DVSA is being protectionist. It is a mess and I feel terribly sorry for those ATFs that have seen no income for six weeks while still having to pay their bills.’ He added, ‘The DVSA has let down the industry.’
ATFOA President Stephen Smith said he was shocked by the decision. He warned that any ATFs derive a substantial part of their incomes from services relating to HGV tests and are suffering severe financial hardship. He also warned that the delayed testing will compromise road safety.
He added, ‘We feel let down and really disappointed. We estimate their is at least 500,000 tests a year. So there are at least 96,000 that have not been carried out during lockdown.’