DVSA halts ADR inspections

Chris Tindall
April 3, 2020

The DVSA has suspended dangerous goods vehicle (ADR) inspections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A vehicle is eligible for a waiver if it was registered in GB and either has a current ADR1C dangerous goods certificate which expires on or after 21 March 2020 or is a new vehicle that entered service within the last year under authorisation 476.

The DVSA said you cannot get a waiver for new non-type approved dangerous goods vehicles being put into service for the first time, or for a vehicle where the details on the ADR1C document have changed – for example, a change of owner or the product it’s allowed to carry.

In addition, any dangerous goods vehicle not covered by The Goods Vehicles (Plating and Testing) Regs, such as a vehicle or trailer less than 3.5-tonnes, is also not covered by the suspension.

If your annual inspection is due and you wish to continue transporting dangerous goods you will need to apply for a waiver and follow certain rules.

A copy of the waiver confirmation email from the DVSA must be carried at all times, as well as the authorisation certificate.

Failure to do so could result in a deferred prohibition notice.

For more information and an application form, the government has asked drivers to go to: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-dangerous-goods-vehicle-adr-annual-inspections

About the Author


Chris Tindall

Chris Tindall started writing for the haulage and logistics industry in 2002 and quickly realised there was enough going on to keep him busy for a very long time. He’s covered a broad range of significant issues, including GPS jamming by criminals, platooning, Brexit and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the lack of safe and secure lorry parks and he helped secure the release of a lorry driver in a Polish jail due to misuse of the European Arrest Warrant.

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