• Mark Salisbury

DVSA: Removing roadworthiness prohibitions


From 1 June 2021, any prohibitions for testable vehicles or trailers that are not cleared at the roadside will be referred for a prohibition removal inspection at an ATF, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has confirmed.

The temporary measures were put in place when vehicle testing was stopped because of COVID-19. These are being removed now that the service has recovered to a point where the majority of prohibition clearances can return to physical inspections.

If the vehicle is being used with a certificate of temporary exemption or the annual test certificate is over 6 months old, the vehicle will be referred for a full removal inspection. A new annual test certificate will be issued with the removal notice once a pass result is achieved.

Vehicles with an annual test certificate less than 6 months old will be referred for a partial inspection, where a removal notice will be issued.

Prohibitions issued for an annual test dangerous fail or police issued prohibitions will be removed through the usual process of a DVSA inspection at the ATF.

The DVSA remote enforcement office will still process remote prohibition removals for notices which were issued before 1 June 2021.

Source: Fleetpoint

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