The following is taken from an email circular released by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency:
From Wednesday 2 December, England will move to a local restriction tier system.
This means that a series of restrictive measures will be in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Local restriction tiers will be reviewed every 14 days, with the first review on 16 December.
You can read more about the 3 tiers of local restrictions on GOV.UK.
Heavy vehicle testing can continue across all tiers with COVID-19 secure measures in place.
We can continue to provide the vehicle standards assessors needed to test heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and public service vehicles (PSVs) safely.
You should only book your vehicle or trailer in for its test close to its MOT due date. This will make sure vehicles and trailers which legally need a test can get one.
Across all tiers, you and DVSA staff must wear a face covering in communal areas indoors eg: kitchens and in corridors. There are some exemptions from wearing a face covering.
You should continue to manage the regular maintenance and inspection schedule for your vehicles and trailers. This is a legal requirement under your operator’s licence.
You can now use our find a test centre service to see whether ATFs have test slots available.
If you should have an exemption and the expiry date has not been updated, you can contact us at: email@example.com.
We will continue our enforcement work to protect you from unsafe drivers and vehicles on our roads.
We’ll also continue to work remotely to support drivers and operators to follow guidance and legislation and, where appropriate, improve their driver and vehicle standards.
Thank you for continuing to follow COVID-19 secure testing procedures. This helps to reduce the risk of transmission and protect you, ATF staff and DVSA staff.
We’re grateful to you for the vital role you’re playing in transporting goods and passengers at this challenging time.
We will provide a further update if there is a change that affects our services.
You can find out more about the restrictions in your area, or an area you plan to visit, on GOV.UK.