Coronavirus: dangerous goods vehicle (ADR) annual inspections

You can book a dangerous goods vehicle (ADR) inspection from 4 July 2020 - but you can still apply for a waiver if you have an MOT exemption.

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From 4 July 2020, lorry, bus or trailer annual tests (MOT) and ADR annual inspections restarted.

However, if you’ve been issued an MOT exemption, and you do not get your vehicle tested, you must apply for a waiver to continue transporting dangerous goods.


Your vehicle is eligible for a waiver if it’s registered in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), you’ve been issued an MOT exemption, and it either:

Vehicles you cannot get a waiver for

You cannot get a waiver for:

  • vehicles that have not been issued an MOT exemption
  • a new non-type approved dangerous goods vehicle being put into service for the first time
  • a vehicle where the details on the ADR1C document have changed - for example, a change of owner or the products it’s allowed to carry

You need to apply to get these vehicles approved to carry dangerous goods by road in the usual way.

What you need to do

  1. Check when your authorisation expires - you can find this on the ADR1C certificate if you have one, or in your digital records.

  2. Download and fill in the Application for ADR annual inspection waiver (MS Word Document, 47.4KB) for each vehicle.

  3. Save the form on your computer or device.

  4. Send the form to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) 10 working days before your authorisation runs out. Do not send it any earlier.

DVSA dangerous goods

There’s no application fee.

Rules for using the waiver

You must carry these documents (either printed or digital copies) in the vehicle:

  • a copy of the confirmation email from DVSA
  • the authorisation certificate

You can be given a deferred prohibition notice for not carrying the right documents.

You must follow the rules when transporting dangerous goods at all times. You must make sure:

  • all required equipment and equipment for personal protection is carried on the vehicle and available to use
  • the vehicle has the correct number and size of serviceable fire extinguishers - these should be easily accessible
  • the driver carries the right documents, including instructions in writing, transport documents and drivers’ training certificate
  • all of the required vehicle documents are in the vehicle
Published 30 March 2020
Last updated 19 June 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added information that you can book a dangerous goods vehicle (ADR) inspection from 4 July 2020 - but you can still apply for a waiver if you have a 3-month MOT exemption.

  2. Removed "a dangerous goods vehicle which is not covered by [The Goods Vehicles (Plating and Testing) Regulations 1988]( - for example, a vehicle or trailer (including the maximum load it can carry safely when it’s being used on the road) that’s less than 3.5 tonnes (this is sometimes called the ‘gross vehicle weight’)" from vehicles you cannot get a waiver for. You can now apply for a waiver for these types of vehicles.

  3. First published.