From the Frontline: DAF Trucks MD Laurence Drake writes to the DfT requesting that its dealers should be allowed to continue HGV testing

Will Shiers
April 8, 2020

DAF Trucks believes its network of ATFs and IRTEC-accredited technicians should be allowed to continue testing HGVs, in order to avoid a backlog of tests after the three-month temporary MoT extension finishes.

In a letter to the DfT sent today (8 April), DAF Trucks MD Laurence Drake, wrote: “This postponement of testing will lead to a backlog, which will undoubtedly challenge already stretched inspection teams once restrictions are removed and business and life returns to normal. The network of independent Authorised Test Facilities in workshop locations means the UK is well placed with facilities open and available to continue testing. Skilled technicians are also available who could be trained to complete inspections with oversight by DVSA”

In addition to testing now, so as to help avoid pressure on the DVSA’s inspection staff in three months, Drake also suggested that the technicians could be used to test after the restrictions have been lifted.

“This would enable ATF’s to open longer and to address the backlog, alongside MoT’s that will fall due in the same period,” he wrote. “The DAF Dealer Network alone has 57 ATF’s and over 1,500 IRTEC-accredited technicians who presented over 33,000 vehicles for MoT in 2019, achieving a first time pass rate of 97.86%, demonstrating capability and a consistently high standard of vehicle preparation.”

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Will Shiers

Will has been the editor of Commercial Motor magazine since 2011 and is the UK jury member of the International Truck of the Year.

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