DVSA relaxes moratorium on new ATFs

In 2017, DVSA stopped accepting applications to set up new ATFs “to help us support existing ATFs and meet their needs”. The DfT’s Heavy Vehicle Testing Review has now recommended that DVSA should consider taking steps to allow more ATFs to open.

The first step will be to consider applications for new ATFs under prescribed circumstances. These are if the new ATF:

  • Is a move of premises for an existing ATF, but it is within the same geographic area
  • Already has ‘approval in principle’ from DVSA
  • Is in an area with a substantial shortage of ATFs, currently Orkney and mainland Highlands of Scotland
  • Is in Southern England and is offering testing of fully laden fuel tankers (this is often known as a full pet. reg. site) or ADR testing
  • Will significantly improve the service to heavy vehicle operators, by reduced journey times or other efficiency benefits. Applications made under this criteria will be prioritised based on the certainty and scale of improvement in service the proposed ATF can offer.

Operators with facilities that meet these criteria are also invited to consider applying to join the ATF network.

DVSA accepts that there are other businesses that do not meet these criteria, and the next step will be to review how they can be widened in future.

Radbournes adds to fleet with Iveco X-Way and Eurocargo tippers

Herefordshire-based Radbournes has increased its Iveco fleet with the arrival of an 8x4 Stralis X-Way tipper and a Eurocargo 4x2 tipper.

The aggregate, concrete, and landscaping products suppliers is celebrating its 40th anniversary and has been increasing the number of Ivecos on the fleet.

Three Iveco Stralis X-Way tippers have been bought from Glenside Commercials with two brand new units and one ex-demonstrator being used to transport a range of stone and aggregates across Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Powys, and Worcestershire with each truck covering around 130,000km a year. A fourth tipper is also on order.

“The X-WAYs carry out the work where we need to maximise payload and where ground clearance and traction are important, typically when we are delivering to construction sites. They also cover a lot of road miles, so they must be very versatile in several different areas,” explained Radbournes MD Chris Radbourne.

Also joining the fleet is a Iveco Eurocargo ML180E25K tipper fitted with a Bulkrite. Plated at 18-tonnes the Eurocargo has a payload of 10,500kg and will be used for loose tip deliveries to trade and DIY customers.

Mark Lovering, MD of Glenside Commercials said: “We are delighted to see Radbournes increase Iveco’s share of its total fleet of trucks. Its delivery service is a key part of why the business is so highly regarded by thousands of trade and DIY professionals. We look forward to delivering another new Stralis X-WAY 8x4 later in 2021.”