1. Overview

An Authorised Testing Facility (ATF) tests that heavy goods vehicles, trailers and public service vehicles like buses are roadworthy and meet safety and environmental standards.

To set up an ATF, you must apply to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). They’ll carry out an assessment and probably also do a site inspection before deciding whether you can open.

You can’t test vehicles until you’re authorised - but as an ATF, you can:

  • have DVSA staff test your own vehicles
  • offer a testing service to third parties using DVSA staff - customers can test their vehicles at your ATF instead of at a DVSA test station

An ATF can’t test cars, motorbikes or small vans. To test these type of vehicles, you must apply to set up an MOT testing station.

Read the guide about the financial arrangements with VOSA if you’re running an ATF.