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COVID-19: Annual Inspections for Dangerous Goods Vehicles

07 April 2020
This update provides guidance surrounding the exemption from dangerous goods (ADR) annual inspections for hauliers until further notice. 

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues its grip on the UK, the length of time for which the restrictions will be in place remains unclear. 

These restrictions are placing a burden on the transport industry and the effects of the disease are depleting the resources of the DVSA. 

The issues continue to be recognised by the Department for Transport ("DfT") however, which is evidenced by their recently updated guidance. In summary, the guidance states that heavy vehicles carrying dangerous goods (ADR) will be exempt from annual inspections until further notice. 

The DfT has issued an authorisation which allows those heavy vehicle operators who carry dangerous goods to continue doing so without an ADR annual inspection. Those vehicles legible for the waiver must either: 

  • have a current ADR1C dangerous goods certificate which expires on or after 21 March 2020; or 
  • be a new vehicle that entered service in the last year under authorisation 476

This decision has been taken because DVSA staff are not able to conduct regular roadworthiness tests and vehicle inspections while the country deals with the COVID-19 outbreak.  

What you need to do

If a vehicle is due for its ADR annual inspection and the operator is continuing to use the vehicle, the operator should download and complete a declaration of compliance. Operators must then return the completed document to the DfT by email for each vehicle before the certificate expires. This declaration allows the DfT to then issue a waiver from the technical inspection.

To ensure that journeys are covered by the waiver, a copy of the DfT's confirmation email and the authorisation 945 issued by the DfT must be carried in the vehicle.

It is important that operators continue to comply with the usual ADR requirements while the exemption is in force.

Does the waiver process apply to you?

It is not possible to obtain a waiver for the following:

  • a new non-type approved dangerous goods vehicle being put into service for the first time;
  • a vehicle where the details on the ADR1C document have changed – for example, a change of owner or the products it is allowed to carry; or
  • a dangerous goods vehicle which is not covered by The Goods Vehicles (Plating and Testing) Regulations 1988 – for example, a vehicle or trailer (including the maximum load it can carry safely when it’s being used on the road) of less than 3.5 tonnes (‘gross vehicle weight’)

If you would like further information, please get in contact with Vikki Woodfine or Joanne Witheford.

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