The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) its reducing fees for PCV and HGV testing by an average of 3.5%, where the work is carried out at an Authorised Testing Facility (ATF). The changes come as four more ATFs (in Lowestoft, Okehampton, Basildon and Leicester) are added to the 440-strong network, alongside confirmation that 10 more DVSA test sites will close, bringing their number down to 45.
â€œThe fee adjustment will reflect the different costs between tests conducted at ATFs and DVSA sites,â€ says the DVSA.
To achieve this, fees at DVSA sites â€œwhere the cost of delivering tests is higherâ€ will increase on average by 18.5%. â€œThese changes reflect the real cost of providing our services to ATFs and we will continue to provide value for money for commercial vehicle businesses,â€ adds the DVSA.
The fee changes are from 1 October.
The DVSA plans to provide at least 85% of annual tests at ATFs by 31 March 2015. Currently, there are 440 ATFs â€œbringing passenger and heavy goods testing closer to the customer,â€ and over 80% of testing is now done at non-DVSA sites. Of these, 343
ATFs accept third-party bookings. In addition to the changes to test fees, the DVSA is also adjusting fees for PCV and HGV O-Licences. These will rise by 1% to cover the running costs associated with the National Register of licensed operators.
Says DVSA CEO Alastair Peoples: â€œOur strategy of providing testing at third-party sites is already giving customers the choice of using a more convenient, local option. By realigning fees we are now making this even more cost effective for customers.
â€œWith no general fee increases since 2009, and reduced theory test fees starting in October, we are demonstrating our commitment to minimising costs for all our customers.â€
The next 10 DVSA test stations to close will be Canterbury, Darlington, Exeter, Haverfordwest, Norwich, Nottingham, Peterborough, Plymouth, Royston and South Molton.ATF list