The DVSA has announced that all MOT testing of trucks and trailers will be suspended for three months in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Any trucks and trailers due for test in the suspension period will be issued with exemptions automatically. Some vehicles, such as those due for their first MOT test and vehicles returning to service with a test certificate that expired before March, will require an application for exemption certificates.

However, the RHA has admitted it has concerns about the three-month suspension and has called for roadworthiness testing to recommence as soon as possible using qualified ATF staff operating under delegated authority from the Secretary of State.

“These are unprecedented times that need creative and pragmatic new approaches," said RHA chief executive Richard Burnett. "It is vital that all vehicles on our roads remain safe to use and their roadworthiness must be maintained at all times. Routine testing is a vital part of our safety culture and we believe it should be restored as soon as possible.

“Authorised delegated testing through the existing testing centres would increase the efficiency of the system, will be better for operators and will be the most effective way to recover the system when testing restarts.”