Rachel Pallet

Feb 06 2019

Does your heavy goods vehicle need testing?

Highway, Road, Truck, Vehicles, Mobility, Road System

In case you’re unaware, as of May 2018 the law changed and now some heavy goods vehicles are no longer exempt from having an annual test (MOT). Some vehicles will need testing by their tax renewal, whilst others must be tested by May 2019.

Do you need to book a test?

Here’s a list of the types of vehicles that stopped being exempt from annual test in May 2018:

  • mobile cranes
  • breakdown vehicles
  • engineering plant and plant, not being engineering plant, which is movable plant or equipment being a motor vehicle or trailer (not constructed primarily to carry a load) especially designed and constructed for the special purposes of engineering operations
  • trailers being drying or mixing plant designed for the production of asphalt or of bituminous or tarmacadam
  • tower wagons
  • road construction vehicles (but not road rollers and other specialised equipment not based on an HGV chassis)
  • electrically propelled motor vehicles first registered since 1 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 an HGV chassis


HGVs and trailers stopped being exempt from annual tests on 20 May 2018:

  • on the Isle of Bute
  • on Arran, Great Cumbrae, Islay, Mull, Tiree or North Uist, which are used on mainland Great Britain


If your vehicle falls into any of the above categories, you can visit Gov.uk for more information.

For more information about how Flexistaff can support your driving needs, contact us on 01582 696959 or office@flexistaffuk.com.