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Statutory Instruments

2014 No. 2115

Road Traffic

The Goods Vehicles (Plating and Testing) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

Made

6th August 2014

Laid before Parliament

19th August 2014

Coming into force

1st October 2014

The Secretary of State for Transport makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 49, 51(1) and 63A of the Road Traffic Act 1988(1).

Representative organisations have been consulted in accordance with section 195(2) of that Act.

In determining the amount of the fees specified in these Regulations, the Secretary of State has taken into account the costs of the functions listed in paragraphs 28, 29, 32, 33 and 36 of Schedule 1 to the Department for Transport (Fees) Order 2009(2) and has taken into account the matters listed in Schedule 2 to that Order in determining the costs of those functions.

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Goods Vehicles (Plating and Testing) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 and come into force on 1st October 2014.

Amendment of Regulations

2.  The Goods Vehicles (Plating and Testing) Regulations 1988(3) are amended as follows.

Manner of making application for first examinations or periodical tests, and fees

3.  In paragraph (3) of regulation 12, for the Table substitute—

Table

(1)

Description of vehicle

(2)

Fee where first examination or periodical test is carried out at a vehicle testing station provided by the Secretary of State (£)

(3)

Fee where the first examination or periodical test is, at the applicant’s request, carried out at a vehicle testing station not provided by the Secretary of State (£)

Motor vehicle with 2 axles11291
Motor vehicle with 3 axles144113
Motor vehicle with 4 or more axles177137
Trailer with 1 axle5141
Trailer with 2 axles7054
Trailer with 3 or more axles8464

Fees for re-tests

4.  In paragraph (1) of regulation 16, for the Table substitute—

Table

(1)

Description of vehicle

(2)

Fee where re-test is carried out at a vehicle testing station provided by the Secretary of State (£)

(3)

Fee where the re-test is, at the applicant’s request, carried out at a vehicle testing station not provided by the Secretary of State (£)

Motor vehicle with 2 axles4935
Motor vehicle with 3 axles6949
Motor vehicle with 4 or more axles9165
Trailer with 1 axle2518
Trailer with 2 axles3525
Trailer with 3 or more axles4633

Further amendments relating to fees

5.  In the regulations specified in column (1) of the following Table, for each amount specified in column (2) substitute the amount specified in column (3)—

Table

(1)(2)(3)
RegulationExisting Amount (£)Substituted Amount (£)
25(4)3139
34(1)2827
37B(2)2827

Re-examination – removal of location differentiation

6.  In regulation 34—

(1) Omit paragraph (2A).

(2) In paragraph (2), omit the words “Subject to paragraph (2A),”.

(3) In paragraph (3), omit the words “or (2A)”.

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State

Claire Perry

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Department for Transport

6th August 2014

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the Goods Vehicles (Plating and Testing) Regulations 1988 (“the 1988 Regulations”). Regulations 3 to 5 amend a number of the fees prescribed by the 1988 Regulations, which were all last fixed with effect from 1st April 2012. The changes come into effect from 1st October 2014.

Regulation 3 changes the fee payable on an application for a first examination or periodical test. Table 1 shows fee changes where the first examination or periodical test is carried out at a vehicle testing station provided by the Secretary of State (with the percentage increase shown in brackets).

Table 1

Description of vehicleOld Fee (£)New Fee (£)
Motor vehicle with 2 axles98112 (14.3%)
Motor vehicle with 3 axles123144 (17.1%)
Motor vehicle with 4 or more axles150177 (18.0%)
Trailer with 1 axle4451 (15.9%)
Trailer with 2 axles5970 (18.6%)
Trailer with 3 or more axles7184 (18.3%)

Table 2 shows fee changes where the first examination or periodical test is carried out, at the applicant’s request, at a vehicle testing station not provided by the Secretary of State. These fees have been reduced (with the percentage decrease shown in brackets).

Table 2

Description of vehicleOld Fee (£)New Fee (£)
Motor vehicle with 2 axles9391 (-2.2%)
Motor vehicle with 3 axles117113 (-3.4%)
Motor vehicle with 4 or more axles141137 (-2.8%)
Trailer with 1 axle4241 (-2.4%)
Trailer with 2 axles5654 (-3.6%)
Trailer with 3 or more axles6764 (-4.5%)

Regulation 4 changes the fee payable on an application for a re-test carried out within 14 days after the vehicle was submitted for its first examination or periodic test (regulation 16(1) and (3) of the 1988 Regulations). The new fees for re-tests carried out at a vehicle testing station provided by the Secretary of State are shown in Table 3 (with the percentage increase shown in brackets).

Table 3

Description of vehicleOld Fee (£)>New Fee (£)
Motor vehicle with 2 axles4049 (22.5%)
Motor vehicle with 3 axles5669 (23.2%)
Motor vehicle with 4 or more axles7391 (24.7%)
Trailer with 1 axle2025 (25%)
Trailer with 2 axles2835 (25%)
Trailer with 3 or more axles3746 (24.3%)

The new fees for re-tests carried out, at the applicant’s request, at a vehicle testing station not provided by the Secretary of State are shown in Table 4 (with the percentage decrease, where applicable, shown in brackets).

Table 4

Description of vehicleOld Fee (£)New Fee (£)
Motor vehicle with 2 axles3735 (-5.4%)
Motor vehicle with 3 axles5249 (-5.8%)
Motor vehicle with 4 or more axles6865 (-4.4%)
Trailer with 1 axle1918 (-5.3%)
Trailer with 2 axles2625 (-3.8%)
Trailer with 3 or more axles3533 (-5.7%)

Regulation 5 makes the following further changes to fees prescribed by the 1988 Regulations:

In regulation 25(4), where an appeal is made to the Secretary of State by any person aggrieved by a determination made on a first examination, the accompanying fee is increased by 25.8% from £31 to £39. This fee also applies to an appeal relating to a periodical test by virtue of regulation 29(2) or, in either case, to a re-test.

In regulation 34(1), where there is a request for an amendment to a plating certificate following a notifiable alteration or for a re-examination where a particular contained in a plating certificate is or may be no longer applicable, the fee is reduced by 3.6% from £28 to £27.

In regulation 37B(2), the fee payable for the alteration of the plated weights (or any of the plated weights) for a vehicle without an examination is reduced by 3.6% from £28 to £27.

The opportunity has been taken in regulation 6 to simplify regulation 34 by omitting paragraph (2A) in order to remove the differentiation between a re-examination undertaken at a vehicle station that is provided by the Secretary of State and at one that is not. The fee now specified in regulation 34(1) applies to both situations, so that in the case of a re-examination at a test station that is not one provided by the Secretary of State, the fee is increased by 3.8% from £26 to £27.

An impact assessment of the effect that this instrument will have on the costs of business and the voluntary sector is available from the DVSA Corporate Office, Berkeley House, Croydon Street, Bristol BS5 0DA (telephone: 0117 954 3200). A copy has been placed in the library of each House of Parliament. The impact assessment is annexed to the Explanatory Memorandum which is available alongside the instrument on the website, www.legislation.gov.uk. DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) was formed on 1st April 2014 following the merger of VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) with the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) to form a single entity.

(1)

1988 c.52; sections 49 and 51 were amended by the Road Traffic Act 1991 (c.40) Schedule 4, paragraph 54 and Schedule 8. Section 63A was inserted by the Transport Act 1982 (c. 49), section 18.

(2)

S.I. 2009/711; the relevant provisions are articles 5(4) and (6) and 9.

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