Annual Vehicle Test
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Horsebox Annual Test The welfare of your horse is important to you. With high quality stabling and the best possible veterinary care, you can ensure your horse is comfortable and healthy, but what happens when you are on the move?  How safe is your horsebox or trailer? As the government agency responsible for vehicle safety and environmental standards, DVSA carries out a test every year on your horsebox to make sure it meets minimum road safety and environmental standards. The annual test is usually carried out at authorised test stations (see below to find a UK Test Station near you). DVSA also undertakes regular roadside checks throughout the entire GB road network, where your vehicle could be the subject of a routine inspection. It is also important to remember that many horseboxes  are only used occasionally, so users need to be extremely vigilant to basic vehicle maintenance in addition to annual testing, Having your horsebox properly checked and serviced by a qualified mechanic before the annual test will help to ensure it is in good enough condition to pass. Similarly, frequent checks on the vehicle components which are more likely to become defective, should also prevent enforcement action should your vehicle become the subject of a routine inspection. If DVSA identifies any fault that could cause danger or damage to the environment at the annual test, we will ask you to have it repaired before the MOT certificate is issued. If the fault is more serious, you will need to arrange recovery from the testing station. If defects are identified during routine mechanical inspections, your vehicle could be the subject of a vehicle prohibition, making its further use illegal until such times as the  defect is rectified.  How can I prepare for my test? Having   your   horsebox   properly   checked   and   serviced   by   a   qualified   mechanic   beforehand   will   help   to   make sure it is in a good enough condition to pass the test. Do I need to let the Tester know if I have altered the vehicle in any way? If   you’ve   made   changes   to   the   vehicle’s   specification   such   as   changing   the   tyres   to   a   different   specification   to the original fitting, you need to let us know. Do I need to bring any paperwork? Check   you   have   a   plating   certificate   displayed   somewhere   in   the   cab   and   another   copy   for   your   records   . Bring both to the test. Will my tachograph be checked? (check here: Horsebox Owners Tachograph Exemption) If   your   vehicle   is   fitted   with   a   tachograph   but   you   only   use   it   as   a   speedometer,   you   must   make   sure   that   all the   seals   are   intact,   and   that   the   tachograph   has   been   initially   calibrated   and   is   fitted   with   both   the   calibration and   K   factor   plaques.   Also   if   you   do   not   use   tachograph   charts,   you   will   need   to   fill   out   a   tachograph exemption   form    (click   on   text   to   download)   and   present   it   at   the   time   of   the   test.   Check   with   your   local   test station, or DVSA enquiry line (0113 254 3200) for further information. Do I need to bring my box loaded? Make   sure   your   horsebox   is   loaded   when   you   bring   it   to   the   test   so   the   brakes   can   be   checked   for   maximum efficiency.   Use   heavy   items   such   as   bags   of   feed   or   fertilizer   or   even   straw   bales,   as   long   as   it   is   not livestock. If   DVSA   identify   any   fault   that   could   cause   danger   or   damage   the   environment,   they   will   ask   you   to   have   it repaired   before   they   issue   the   MOT   certificate.   If   the   fault   is   serious,   you   will   need   to   arrange   recovery   from the testing station. (breakdown services do not cover plating failures - OHTO will attend but it is chargeable). Additional Information: PRP    Rescue,    BHS,    and    DVSA/VOSA    have    produced    a    leaflet    to    help    drivers,    grooms    and    owners understand   the   laws   relating   to   their   vehicles   -   you   can   download   a   Adobe   pdf   version   here:   Guide   for Horsebox & Trailer Owners TO FIND YOUR LOCAL TEST CENTRE AND BOOK YOUR TEST CLICK BELOW USE YOUR BROWSER BACK BUTTON TO RETURN TO THIS SITE
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