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HGV Periodic Testing (Roadworthiness Test)

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From the 20th May 2018, some vehicles which run on a standard HGV chassis will lose their test exemption status and will need to complete their annual test.


The vehicles that are affected include:


  - Breakdown vehicles


  - Engineering plant and plant (not being engineering plant), which is movable plant or equipment

    being a motor vehicle (not constructed primarily to carry a load) especially designed and    

    constructed for the special purposes of engineering operations


  - Tower wagons


  - Road construction vehicles (but not road rollers and other specialised equipment not based on an

    HGV chassis)


  - Electrically propelled motor vehicles registered since the 1st March 2015


  - Tractor units pulling exempt trailers


  - Motor tractors and heavy and light locomotives exempted under sections 185 and 186 (3) of the

    Road Traffic Act 1988, where these are based on a HGV chassis.


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