DVSA reminds operators that brake tests will require laden vehicles in 2023

George Barrow
December 2, 2022

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has issued a reminder that most goods vehicles and trailers will have to be appropriately laden for their annual test next year. From 1 January 2023 onwards vehicles will have to be correctly laden for their roller brake test and want to remind operators that as part of the annual test in the new year operators will lose the test fee and have to represent the vehicle for test.

In a short statement published on 1 December, DVSA explained the new routine is to ensure the vehicle’s braking performance can be properly tested.

The statement continued:

As part of the annual test, DVSA carries out a roller brake test according to the ISO brake testing standard (21069). According to this, goods vehicles and trailers presented for test must be fully laden, with a few exceptions.

Any goods vehicles and trailers which are presented for test unladen, unless exempt, will be refused a test by DVSA. This will mean the vehicle operator will lose the test fee and will need to re-present the goods vehicle or trailer correctly laden and pay for a new test.

Authorised Testing Facilities (ATFs) should be able to assist operators if they’re unable to bring their goods vehicle or trailer to test properly laden.

Chris Dormand, DVSA’s Head of Vehicle Testing, said: “DVSA’s priority is helping everyone keep their vehicle safe to drive. Laden brake testing ensures that brakes are tested under real world conditions. DVSA and the Traffic Commissioners have placed a far stronger emphasis on brake safety since the 2014 Bath tipper tragedy. Thanks to the support of the industry bodies, this is paying off. In 2014, 3.3% of heavy goods motor vehicles failed their annual test on service brake performance. In the last quarter of 2021, that had reduced to 1.88%.”

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George Barrow

George has been writing about nearly anything with wheels for the past 15 years and is the UK jury member of the International Van of the Year and International Pick-Up Award.

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