A Digital Approach for HGV Testing

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We have seen a continuous transition into viewing documents or information on digital formats, rather than paper. Typically, this is to reduce the unnecessary use of paper where possible. Those who have seen these changes implemented, such as the ability of viewing driver licence information online, have found benefits to these transitions, creating an ease of access for many vehicle users and licence holders.

It has been announced as of 29th April 2024, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will be implementing a first approach for annual MOT and vehicle testing certificates for both Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and PSVs (Public Service Vehicles) to be accessed digitally.

But what if you prefer the paper copies?

Not to worry, you can have your certificate printed if needed. For example, if you have no way of digitally accessing your certificates. You can also print the downloadable documents thereafter if necessary. For example, in the event that you are using the vehicle in question for international journeys, you will need to print the MOT documents most likely.

What you can expect from the DVSA

The DVSA illustrate that they will be looking to “…digitally align the whole process across vehicle testing…” this will also include moving “Ministry Plates” to a digital format. This will make the need to display the plates on the vehicle obsolete.

The DVSA are aware that this is going to be a disconcerting change for many, but they have emphasised the importance to use digital services, making them best practice. We can expect more changes to the new services over the coming months.

The DVSA also have reassured that any other publications, such as the inspection manual, and “Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness” will be edited to reflect the changes that our outlined regarding the access of certificates.

What does this mean for 2 Start?

2 Start are at the forefront of promoting the transition to the use of paperless documents. Although it is a big change for many who are not as technologically experienced, we assure that it is an easier process, and negating the need for paper documents will help the environment. This is also pushing for the DVSA’s vision to 2030.

To read the whole article, head to the DVSA “Moving on Blog” Titled: Moving to a digital first approach in heavy vehicle testing.


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