Annual test fees at ATFs to fall in October

Commercial Motor
August 14, 2014

Annual test fees at authorised testing facilities (ATFs) are set to fall this autumn, the DVSA has revealed.

The agency confirmed in a long-awaited announcement that ATF test fees for HGVs are to be cut by an average of 3.5% from 1 October, a greater reduction than the 1 to 3% originally proposed.

Test fees at DVSA sites, however, will increase by an average of 18.5%, while all operator licencing fees will also rise by 1%.

The changes will see customers taking their vehicle for test at a non-DVSA site no longer contribute to their running costs. The fee for an annual test at an ATF will fall to £113 from £117 for a three-axle truck,  lower than the £115 fee originally proposed in a consultation into the proposals, which closed in June last year.

The test fee for a three-axle truck at DVSA premises will rise to £144 from 1 October, a slightly lower rise than the £145 anticipated in the original consultation document.

However, in its consultation report, the DVSA admitted that, for customers paying an ATF pit fee, the cost of a test at a DVSA site could still be lower than at an ATF. The maximum pit fees remain at £50 for HGVs and £44 for trailers.

“Raising fees at [DVSA] test facilities above cost to ensure that ATFs were always cheaper would be inappropriate since it would remove one element of competition pressure to keep their fees as low as possible,” the consultation report said.

DVSA chief executive Alastair Peoples said the changes will make ATFs more cost effective.

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