Fees fall at ATFs, up at DVSA sites

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.

“The fee adjustment will reflect the different costs between tests conducted at ATFs and DVSA sites,” says the DVSA.

To achieve this, fees at DVSA sites “where the cost of delivering tests is higher” will increase on average by 18.5%. “These changes reflect the real cost of providing our services to ATFs and we will continue to provide value for money for commercial vehicle businesses,” 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 “bringing passenger and heavy goods testing closer to the customer,” 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: “Our 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.

“With 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.”

The next 10 DVSA test stations to close will be Canterbury, Darlington, Exeter, Haverfordwest, Norwich, Nottingham, Peterborough, Plymouth, Royston and South Molton.

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