Logistics UK supports delegated testing for ER operators

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In its response to government’s call for evidence, business group Logistics UK has supported the move to allow Earned Recognition (ER) operators to either carry out their own MOT testing on vehicles and trailers or delegate the responsibility to their third-party maintenance provider, subject to them meeting additional compliance requirements. 

These changes would replace the current system in which DVSA undertakes all Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) annual tests through privately owned authorised test facilities (ATFs). 

Phil Lloyd, Head of Engineering Policy at Logistics UK, comments: “Allowing ER operators to MOT test their own vehicles would increase efficiency and reduce costs for those operators as the booking of the test can be precisely scheduled along with the maintenance of the vehicle. 

This will reduce the time the vehicle is off the road significantly – a huge benefit to the businesses charged with delivering for the UK economy. These changes should also have a positive impact on emissions reduction as operators will not need to make additional journeys to a separate testing centre.  

“Road safety must remain a priority; Logistics UK is therefore recommending that DVSA introduces a quality monitoring process to provide assurance that testing providers maintain high levels of compliance and safe operation of vehicles and in the fullness of time this offering could be extended to other compliant operators. 

Logistics UK is urging that these proposed changes be implemented as soon as possible; however, in the meantime, DVSA should provide a greater guarantee of requested ATFs slots for all operators, with increased flexibility around days or hours testing will be offered by DVSA.” 

In its response, Logistics UK has also highlighted the need for DfT to work with the Traffic Commissioner throughout the consultation process, to eliminate any potential for conflicting regulations that would negatively impact operators and cause unnecessary delays for a revised testing process.

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