Heavy goods vehicles require annual tests

Posted on: 12 February 2019

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The deadline for certain vehicles to have an annual test to remain legal on Britain’s roads is fast approaching. A phased roll-out, which has a deadline of May 2019, means that some vehicles have up until their next tax renewal to take the test. These include vehicles:

  • first registered before 20 May 2017;
  • exempt from annual tests before 20 May 2018; and

Examples of vehicles that stopped being exempt:

  • mobile cranes
  • breakdown vehicles (not breakdown vans)
  • tower wagons
  • some mobile engineering plants
  • some trailers designed for the production of asphalt 
  • road construction vehicles (not road rollers) 
  • electrically propelled motor vehicles first registered since 1 March 2015
  • tractor units pulling exempt trailers

Vehicles that are not eligible for the phased approach and must have held a valid annual test license from May 2018 are motor vehicles to be used in international traffic, mobile concrete batching plant (also known as ‘volumetric concrete mixers’), tractors with speed over 40km/h used for non-agricultural haulage beyond a radius of 15 miles from their operating base, and trailers of all types.

Find further guidance on GOV.UK