Following a consultation in 2016, the Department for Transport (DfT) have responded stating that they generally support the principle of introducing mandatory roadworthiness testing for specialised heavy vehicles, which can weigh up to 44 tonnes, where this is practicable and proportionate. Annual roadworthiness testing for heavy goods vehicles is covered by the Goods Vehicles (Plating and Testing) Regulations 1988 (as amended). The regulations contain a number of exemptions from the requirement for annual testing for certain vehicle types (based on a mixture of design and use).



The consultation proposed to remove 12 of these exemptions, with the important caveat that this would only apply to vehicles that are based on a HGV chassis. The proposals were with a view to ultimately reducing the number of defects on currently exempt vehicles, and consequently the number of accidents these defects contribute to.



It was set out previously, through the Road Safety Statement that the Government will pursue a wide range of policies to help deliver its commitment to reducing the number of road users killed or seriously injured each year. Roadworthiness testing is an important means of ensuring vehicles are in a safe condition to be used on the road. 



THE MOT EXEMPTION CURRENTLY USED IN THE ROAD MARKING INDUSTRY WILL BE COMING TO AN END IN MAY 2018 - MAKE SURE YOU'RE NOT CAUGHT OUT!



To download the full document from the DfT, please click here.

To access a summary document pertinent to the roadmarking industry, please access the members area.


If you have any questions, please contact the RSMA on +44 (0)1427 610101 or info@rsma.co.uk