Policy Update

DVSA Lobbying

We lobby DVSA on a number of issues which effect members and have provided below the key areas we are working on at the moment.  If there is any particular issue relating to DVSA or a policy issue you would like us to address, email the legal and policy team legal@bvrla.co.uk.
Authorised testing facilities
DVSA is working with the industry on its plans to move the location of the vehicle test closer to the point of inspection.
To achieve this objective it is encouraging HGV and PSV operators, owners and maintainers to develop their premises into authorised testing facilities (ATFs). If a premise’s becomes an ATF a contact is in place with DVSA which stipulates when staff will be made available to you and ensures that compensation is payable if a vehicle examiner fails to attend a test booking.
DVSA’s view is that becoming an ATF delivers the following benefits:
  • the overall cost of testing is reduced, taking into account downtime, staff and travel costs
  • testing standards are upheld  
  • increased flexibility of testing times 
  • improved location of testing facilities
  • environmental impact is minimised 
  • new opportunities for income are created with the introduction of third-party testing
The BVRLA believes and supports the principle of moving the vehicle test closer to the point of inspection but it is closely monitoring DVSA’s plans for test station closures to ensure that members do not have to travel further due to ATFs in the area not being open to all. The BVRLA is also of the view that for ATFs to be truly successful the DVSA will need to consider following a similar model to car and van testing and have tests carried out by approved individuals.
To access further information on become an ATF visit the GOV.UK website.
To find your nearest DVSA test station or ATF there is a postcode search available on the GOV.UK website.
DVSA fees
VOSA had consulted on its fees for 2013/14 for annual tests of commercial vehicles. The consultation results are currently being analysed and will be fed back to the new government agency DVSA which replaced VOSA. 
Currently, test fees are similar whether a vehicle is tested at a DVSA site or an Authorised Testing Facility (ATF). As the test fee incorporates an element to cover DVSA's overheads in maintaining its test sites, the current fee structure involves a de facto subsidy to DVSA from the ATFs. To end this situation, VOSA proposed increasing the fees for tests conducted at its own sites by between £9 and £29 (depending on the vehicle or trailer being tested) and reducing the test fee at ATFs by between £1 and £3.
The other elements of the test fee, including enforcement and the operator licence, will increase by around 1% at both DVSA and ATF sites.
The BVRLA responded to the consultation stating that we do not believe this should be a dramatic shift as proposed as it could unduly penalise those operators who do not have non-VOSA sites (now non-DVSA site) near them. Especially as even if there is a non-VOSA site (now non-DVSA site) near an operator it may not be an open access authorised testing facility. 

Related Consultation Responses

Response Title Response Document

The work of VOSA - transport committee

Response to the House of Commons Transport Committee on the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency
PDF icon Work of VOSA - transport committee inquiry

VOSA Fees 2013.14

Resposne to VOSA on the annual test fees for 2013.14
PDF icon VOSA fees