VOSA's Test Booking Conditions

Booking Conditions

A summary of key points and specific details for particular vehicles or test types is listed below. Alternatively, details of VOSA's test booking conditions can be obtained by calling the Enquiry Unit on 0300 123 9000. Further information about VOSA can also be found on the VOSA Website.

For every vehicle test the driver/presenter will be expected to comply with all site safety requirements, including the wearing of any necessary protective equipment (e.g. ear defenders, high visibility clothing etc) as directed by VOSA staff. Except in the case of VIC, you must remain with the vehicle during the test, and must not wander unaccompanied around the test station.

If you cannot keep your appointment you must give at least 3 working days notice to avoid loss of fee, and Pre-funded Account holders should ensure that sufficient funds are available in their account to cover test fee(s). It would be helpful if you could bring the appointment letter with you. Duplicate copies of most relevant documents may be obtained from VOSA.

On the day of the test you must ensure that:

  • Your vehicle is clean enough to examine, fully roadworthy and has sufficient fuel to carry out the test,
  • The VIN/chassis number is firmly attached and legible (for VIC see below),
  • The driver and vehicle arrive punctually and follow the instructions of testing staff,
  • The vehicle does not emit substantial quantities of smoke,
  • Any door, tailgate, boot lid, fuel cap, floor coverings or other device capable of being opened or accessed is not locked or fixed in such a way that a thorough check cannot be carried out,
  • The vehicle or its contents is not in such a condition that any meaningful check would risk endangering anyone or damaging the vehicle or any other property,
  • In the interest of safety you do not bring any animals (including pets) or children under 16 years to the test station,
  • The use of mobile phones (including using them with a hands-free or Bluetooth attachment) is restricted in some areas of the test station. Please follow the advice of testing station staff regarding where, and when, they can be used. Under no circumstances should you use a mobile phone when driving a vehicle or assisting with the inspection.

HGV and Trailers - Special Notes

A full list of the requirements for the presentation of vehicles is contained on form VTG12 available from any VOSA test station - if any of these conditions are not met the fee is forfeited and the vehicle will not be tested.
Please bring these documents with you on the day of the test:

  • Current test certificate,
  • The current plating certificate or for an unregistered vehicle both type approval documents,
  • A legible ministry plate displayed and permanently fixed on the vehicle.

You must ensure that the ministry identification mark is clearly displayed and permanently fixed on trailers.
Loading of Vehicles - For the purpose of the brake test the load must exceed 65% of the Gross Vehicle Weight or the Maximum GB Weight, if this is lower. It is an offence to use a vehicle on the road if the weights shown on the plating certificate are exceeded. A test may be refused if a test location cannot carry out a satisfactory brake test. You are therefore strongly advised to comply with the loading instructions shown below:
Three axle tractor units fitted with air suspension on any of the rear axles must be presented in the laden condition if full braking force on the additional axle is related to the load on the drive axle. To provide sufficient load, such tractor units must be coupled to a semi-trailer loaded so that the drive axle is loaded at, or very close to the plated weight shown on column 2 of the plating certificates and the plate.
You are strongly advised to present the following vehicles laden: Any multi axle vehicle or trailers (excluding 3 axle semi-trailers) with a bogie weight exceeding 10000kg; vehicles or trailers on which our load simulator cannot be applied above the axles because of the construction of the vehicle. For example Tankers, Livestock Carriers (Livestock is not acceptable as a load for test purposes), or vehicles equipped with large tail lifts, heavy tailgates or long rear overhangs. The only exception to the above will be vehicles or trailers classified as carrying dangerous goods or hazardous substances that cannot be loaded with a safe load.

PSV - Special Notes

A full list of requirements for the presentation of vehicles is contained on form VTP12 available from any VOSA test station - if any of these conditions are not met the fee is forfeited and the vehicle will not be tested. Please bring your current test certificate on the day of the test.

VIC - Special Notes

It is not a requirement for you to ensure the VIN/chassis number is firmly attached and legible. You must ensure that sufficient repairs have been carried out to support the intention of returning the vehicle to a roadworthy condition. The vehicle must be able to be driven under its own power.

SVA - Special Notes

You will be expected to operate the vehicle's controls, and to come prepared to open lockable compartments, remove inspection/access panels, trims or carpeting when required. The vehicle must be presented with a full tank of fuel and no load other than loose tools and equipment associated with the operation of the vehicle. You may also be required to remove vehicle components using tools - these cannot be supplied by the testing station.
You must present the original copy of the deregistration certificate or other documents used to show evidence of compliance with Enhanced Single Vehicle Approval (ESVA) requirements.
In the case of a passenger vehicle subject to ESVA (category R) having a date of manufacture from 1 October 1998 you must also present an original certificate of installation from an approved installer for an immobiliser that meets the European Directive requirements. For vehicles manufactured from 1 December 2001, this will need to be a certificate from either a Vehicle Systems Installation Board (VSIB) accredited installer or from the Mobile Electronic and Security Federation (MESF).

MSVA - Special Notes

The presenter must be familiar with the vehicle and will be expected to accompany the vehicle throughout the inspection. The presenter must be able to operate all controls, put the vehicle on its centre stand (where applicable) manoeuvre/steady the vehicle and operate brake controls as part of the roller brake test.
If the vehicle in question is a handlebar steered quadracycle (ATV) the presenter may be required to drive the vehicle at low speed and operate the brakes. It is VOSA policy that a presenter riding this type of vehicle during the test must wear appropriate protective clothing including a suitable helmet.


Rev. March 2007