Professional Transport Services

DVSA update regarding operations in Tier 4

21 Dec 2020

DVSA have issued the following advice regarding operations in the Tier 4 Areas


You and DVSA staff must wear a face covering in all indoor public areas unless you have a reasonable excuse not to.

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.


Getting tests

You can now use our find a test centre service to see whether ATFs have test slots available.

If you have an exemption and the expiry date has not been updated, you can contact us at:


Vocational driving and theory tests

The Government has confirmed that vocational theory and practical test services will be suspended in alert Tier 4 areas from 20 December.

Vocational trainers will be automatically refunded for practical tests. Candidates who booked their own test will receive a new test time and date by email.

We will email anyone who has booked a test and is affected by this to let them know the theory test is on hold and that they will need to reschedule it by visiting

If you booked your pupil's theory test you will need to log into the booking system and rearrange their test for a new date and time.


Driver CPC

In-vehicle driver CPC training must not take place in Tier 4, but remote training can continue. Classroom training should only take place where essential.


Enforcement activity

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

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 continue to keep the situation under review in line with the Government advice and provide a further update if there is a change that affects our services.