Motor Vehicles: Testing

Department for Transport written question – answered on 23rd October 2017.

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Photo of Lord Rosser Lord Rosser Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the publication of their report introducing roadworthiness testing for fast tractors used for haulage, and other technical changes to vehicle testing legislation, they are planning further action; if so, what; and in particular, whether a further consultation response is planned for later this year.

Photo of Lord Callanan Lord Callanan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The report sets out Government decisions on several issues. It announced the introduction of roadworthiness testing for fast tractors used for non-agricultural commercial haulage. It also announced a number of technical changes to the MOT test. Legislation has been made to give effect to these changes, which will take effect from 20 May 2018. In advance of that date, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency will make the necessary operational changes, including updates to the relevant testing manuals.

Several other potentially longer term pieces of work are referred to in the publication, on car ‘clocking’ and on prohibition clearance charging. The Government is considering carefully what action may be needed in these areas, although there are no current plans for a further public consultation this year.

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