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Annual Roadworthiness Inspection

About the scheme

The Commercial Vehicle Operator's Licence ensures that certain commercially operated vehicles are well maintained to a standard set of conditions.

The licence is being phased in gradually. Phase 1 the inspection of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV's) started in May 2018.

Phase 1

Before the full licence starts all commercially operated vehicles must have an Annual Roadworthiness Inspection (ARI).

Vehicles will be inspected using the Heavy Goods Vehicle Inspection Manual.

Heavy Goods Vehicle Inspection Manual

You need an ARI for the following commercial vehicles using public roads for trade or business purposes:

  • goods vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of more than 7,500kgs
  • semi-trailers and  draw bar trailers (with an un-laden weight more than 1,020kgs)
  • short-term rental vehicles hired for as little as one day

The inspection will take place at the Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS) test station, La Collette.

On passing the inspection the vehicle will be issued with a Certificate of Compliance (CoC).

Certificates are valid for 12 months from date of issue.

When vehicles / trailers are due for inspection

If your vehicle has an Exemption Licence (P30), inspections will continue as before.

If you are operating vehicles that fall within the scheme but are not on the Vehicle Registration System, such as trailers, you must contact DVS.

You can book your vehicle in for its ARI by email or you can call DVS on +44 (0) 1534 448631

Using a vehicle and / or trailer without a valid CoC, may result in you committing an offence and you could be prosecuted.

Cost of the Annual Roadworthiness Inspection

The cost of an inspection is £175, the same as the P30 inspections.

There is a charge of £87.50 if your vehicle / trailer fails and needs to be retested using the test station.

Phase 2

The second phase of the Commercial Vehicle Operator's Licence will start in 2019.

The ARI will then include commercially operated goods vehicles with a GVW of more than 3.5 tonnes.

This will also include any short-term rental vehicles hired for as little as one day.

How to apply for a licence

In advance of the implementation of the full Operator Licence scheme, all known operators will be invited to apply for a licence.

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