DVSA has now published a revised list of eligibility for priority IVA testing. Previously only two categories were eligible. First priority was vehicles critical to the coronavirus response, such as ambulances and hearses, and the second was goods vehicles being used to support the coronavirus response (for example, transporting food products, household essentials, clinical or medical supplies).
From 22 April, further categories have been added, including imported vehicles and kit cars, but most significantly, the new third priority category is vehicles manufactured in the United Kingdom. This also includes second stage manufacture in the UK, examples ranging from fitting a locally made fifth-wheel coupling to a complete tipper body to foreign built truck.
There are a limited number of test slots available, allocated according to priority. The tests may be full, partial or remote, using photographic or video evidence. The exact procedure is still being devised. Tim Wright, MD of Andover Trailers, whose precarious financial position due to the suspension of IVA testing of new trailers was highlighted by CM last week, agreed the new process puts his company in a better place than it was.
The first trial remote test at Andover Trailers has now been carried out watched by a handful of DVSA testers. Wright said "It took twice as long as normal as none of the testers had seen a trailer quite as complex as the model we produce for Nationwide. The trailer passed and we shall receive the necessary paperwork in a few days' time. They were unable to test an identical trailer standing alongside (part of the batch for Nationwide) which was a little frustrating to say the least!"
Scott Burton of tipper manufacturer Thompsons said "That's very positive news. We had a number of vehicles in limbo, awaiting IVA. Hopefully we can soon get them on the road and working."