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Average test times is ‘guide’

  • 25 July 2014
  • By Robin Meczes

The DVSA has stressed that the new average time outlined last month for 3-axle trailers undergoing annual test at authorised testing facilities (ATFs) is a guide (CM 3 July) and that actual test duration will depend on how each vehicle is presented. 

Earlier this month, the ATF Operators Association (ATFOA) accused the DVSA of “making up the rules as they go along”, after the agency confirmed changes from 1 July to the test guide times for a number of CVs, including a five-minute extension to the guideline allocation for 3-axle trailers. The ATFOA claimed the increase could cost ATFs up to £30,000 a year in lost revenue. #

However, in a DVSA blog outlining the changes, the agency said the new times were not “absolute measures”, adding: “Each vehicle will still be given as long as it takes to have a quality annual test.”

Alan Wilson, head of testing schemes management at the agency, said test times for each trailer would vary by vehicle. “The times are average,” he said. “Some trailers will take longer and some will be shorter.”

Wilson added that if ATFs found their average test times were lower than the new guideline, they should talk to their local DVSA testing manager about booking levels.


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