HGV standards and checks

Commercial vehicle safety and maintenance guides for local and international haulage.


  1. Change a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) plated details or notify alterations

    Send details of notifiable alterations or apply for a change of plated details of a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) or trailer of over 3.5 tonnes.

  2. Record details of a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) with DVSA

    Record a heavy goods vehicle's details with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) so you get the right documents and can book an annual test (MOT).

  3. Get a vehicle approved to carry dangerous goods by road

    Apply for an ADR road vehicle certification test which allows vehicles to carry dangerous or hazardous goods in bulk on the road.

  4. Specialist tests for lorries

    The specialist HGV tests to carry dangerous goods, take goods outside the EU, change weight restrictions, qualify for a Low Emissions Certificate

  5. Replace a certificate for a vehicle to carry dangerous goods by road

    Apply to replace a 'carriage of dangerous' by road certificate (ADR III) if you've lost the original, or need to change the owner or address.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Keeping commercial vehicles safe to drive (roadworthy)
  2. Heavy goods vehicle (HGV) inspection manual
  3. Guide to lorry types and weights
  4. Heavy goods vehicles (HGV): driver's daily walkaround check
  5. Staying legal: heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers
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News and communications

  1. Roads update: 23 November 2018
  2. Checks for lorry emission cheats start across Great Britain
  3. More than 100 lorry operators caught deliberately damaging air quality
  4. Emissions cheat devices to be included in roadside checks of lorries
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Research and statistics

  1. Heavy Goods Vehicles (VEH05)
  2. Vehicle enforcement data for Great Britain
  3. Commercial vehicle fleet compliance checks, 2015 to 2016
  4. Commercial vehicle fleet compliance checks, 2014 to 2015
  5. Measuring emissions from heavy goods vehicles
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. HGV periodic testing and inspections exemptions
  2. Increasing the allowed length of articulated lorries
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Longer semi-trailer trial evaluation: annual report 2017
  2. HGV tests in Ammanford, Pontypool and Cardiff (F0004752)
  3. HGV and PSV makes and models tested by VOSA (F0004213)
  4. Quarterly trailer tests 2010 (F0003221)
  5. HGV testing at Garretts Green HGVTS 2006 to 2010 (F0003131)
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