Heavy goods and large passenger carrying vehicles
All heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) over 3,500kg and large passenger carrying vehicles (LPCVs) must be tested annually from the first anniversary of registration. This is when the LPCV is not being used for hire or reward and is built to carry the driver plus more than eight passengers.
Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licences – COVID-19
The Department for Infrastructure gave bus PSV exemption licences for vehicles with a licence expiry date between 10 March 2020 and 31 May 2021.
These licences effectively exempt these vehicles from the roadworthiness test and allowed the continued use of the vehicle, for the period of the licence, without the need for a vehicle test to be conducted and is under licence rules.
If you have received a free licence extension, you should receive a reminder before the licence expiry date to allow you time to apply online and book a PSV test date.
Applying for a vehicle test online - HGVs
For information on how to book an appointment, go to:
For information on the driving and vehicle test centres, go to:
Applying by phone
You can also make an appointment by telephone using the booking line:
You cannot make multiple bookings over the phone.
Trailers due a first time test
To book an appointment for trailers due a first time test, you’ll need to contact the booking line:
You can also email customer support using the online booking enquiries email at the link below:
COVID-19 screens/ partitions fitted to buses or taxis
For more information on COVID-19 screens/ partitions that can be fitted to buses or taxis go to:
The DVA Enforcement Section is responsible for enforcing a wide range of legislation related to goods vehicles, buses and taxis. It also checks private cars and agricultural vehicles.
Further information can be found at:
Further information about drivers' hours and tachographs can be found on at:
HGVs - when extra mirrors must be fitted
By law, trucks over 3.5 tonnes and first registered on or after 1 January 2000, need to be fitted with a wide angle mirror and a close proximity mirror - both mirrors are to be fitted on the nearside of your vehicle.
You need these additional mirrors to help you detect other road users in the areas immediately around your vehicle, to reduce the potential for collisions.
Check if your vehicle complies
To check if your vehicle complies, or needs to be retrofitted, you will need to carry out a field of view check.
With visible markers placed in the locations shown in the diagram (numbers 1-4) and (letters A-D) and your mirrors adjusted as needed, when positioned in the driver's seat. Check if you can see the ground enclosed by the base of the markers. If you can, your field of view is compliant.
Remember the field of vision is important
If you do not have the field of view needed, you should contact your vehicle maker or supplier for advice.
Certain exemptions apply, for example, where it is not practicable to fit the close proximity mirror above two meters from the ground.