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: VOSA have produced an additional advisory leaflet on the test here: FIND YOUR LOCAL TEST CENTRE AND BOOK YOUR TEST CLICK HERE USE YOUR BROWSER BACK BUTTON TO RETURN TO THIS SITE
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