Goods Vehicles (Plating and Testing) Regulations 1982

Publication Date:January 01, 1982
 
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1982No. 1478

ROAD TRAFFIC

The Goods Vehicles (Plating and Testing) Regulations 1982

15thOctober1982

8thNovember1982

1stDecember1982

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS

PART I—GENERAL

 Regulation
Citation and commencement … … … … … … 1
Revocation … … … … … … … … 2
Interpretation … … … … … … … 3
Application … … … … … … … … 4
Prescribed requirements for tests … … … … 5
Supervision of tests … … … … … … 6
Authority to drive and duties of driver … … … 7
Conditions of acceptance of vehicle … … … … 8

PART II—TIMING AND METHOD OF APPLICATION, FOR EXAMINATIONS AND TESTS

Dates by which vehicles are to be submitted for first
 examinations … … … … … … … … 9
Dates by which vehicles are to be submitted for periodical
 tests … … … … … … … … … 10
Period of validity of goods vehicle test certificate … 11
Manner of making application for first examinations or
 periodical tests, and fees … … … … … 12
Time of application for first examinations or periodical
 tests … … … … … … … … … 13
Notice of place and time of first examinations or periodical
 tests … … … … … … … … … 14
Application for re-tests following first examinations or
 periodical tests … … … … … … … 15
Fees for re-tests … … … … … … … 16

PART III—REGULATIONS GOVERNING FIRST EXAMINATIONS

Examination for plating … … … … … … 17, 18 and 19
Issue of plating certificates, and particulars to be
 contained therein … … … … … … … 20
Goods vehicle test … … … … … … … 21
Issue of goods vehicle test certificates (or of notices
 of refusal) and particulars to be contained therein … 22
Re-test procedure, and issue of plating and test
 certificates (or notices of refusal) … … … … 23
Appeals … … … … … … … … … 24

PART IV—REGULATIONS GOVERNING PERIODICAL TESTS

Periodical tests, and issue of test certificates (or
 notices of refusal) … … … … … … 25
Re-test procedure, and issue of test certificates (or
 notices of refusal)… … … … … … … 26
Form of tests certificates and notices of refusal … … 27
Appeals … … … … … … … … … 28

PART V—REGULATIONS GOVERNING NOTIFIABLE ALTERATIONS, AMENDMENTS OF PLATING CERTIFICATES AND RE-EXAMINATIONS IN CONNECTION THEREWITH

Secretary of State to be informed of notifiable alterations 29
Other amendments to plating certificate… … … … 30
Provision as to re-examination … … … … … 31
Fee for re-examination … … … … … … 32
Condition of acceptance of vehicle … … … … 33
Re-examination procedure, and issue or amendment of
 plating certificates (or notices of refusal) … … 34
Appeals … … … … … … … … … 35

PART VI—MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS

Method of payment of fees … … … … … … 36
General provisions as to fees … … … … … 37 and 38
Provisions as to fees on appeal … … … … … 39
Replacements of plates and certificates .. … … … 40
Provisions as to notices … … … … … … 41

PART VII—CROWN VEHICLES

Provision as to Crown vehicles … … … … … 42

PART VIII—EXEMPTIONS

Exemption from section 46(1) and (2) of the 1972 Act … 43
Exemption from section 51(2) of the 1972 Act … … … 44
Certificates of temporary exemption … … … … 45

SCHEDULES

Schedule 1. Provisions as to braking force for trailers
Schedule 2. Classes of vehicle to which these Regulations do not apply
Schedule 3. Construction and use requirements prescribed in relation to
 goods vehicle tests on motor vehicles and trailers
Schedule 4. Regulations revoked

The Secretary of State for Transport (hereinafter called "the Secretary of State") in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 45 and 46(5) of the Road Traffic Act 1972(a) and now vested in him (b) and of all other enabling powers, and after consultation with representative organisations in accordance with the provisions of section 199(2) of that Act, hereby makes the following Regulations:—

PART I

GENERAL

Citation and commencement

1. These Regulations shall come into operation on 1st December 1982 and may be cited as the Goods Vehicles (Plating and Testing) Regulations 1982.

Revocation

2. The Regulations specified in Schedule 4 are hereby revoked.

Interpretation

3.—(1) In these Regulations, except where the context otherwise requires, the following expressions have the meanings hereby respectively assigned to them:—

"the 1971 Act" means the Vehicles (Excise) Act 1971(c);

"the 1972 Act" means the Road Traffic Act 1972;

"the Construction and Use Regulations" means the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1978(d);

"articulated vehicle", "agricultural trailer", "converter dolly", "dual-purpose vehicle", "engineering plant", "land implement", "land locomotive", "land tractor", "registered", "semi-trailer", "straddle carrier", "track laying", "works truck", and "works trailer" have the same meanings respectively as in the Construction and Use Regulations;

"auxiliary station" means a vehicle testing station which is regularly not open for the carrying out of re-tests on certain normal working days;

"break-down vehicle" means a motor vehicle on which there is mounted apparatus designed for raising a disabled vehicle wholly or partly from the ground or for drawing a disabled vehicle when so raised, and which is not used for the conveyance of goods other than a disabled vehicle wholly raised by that apparatus and which carries no other load other than articles required for the operation of, or in connection with, that apparatus or otherwise for dealing with disabled vehicles;

"first examination", in relation to a vehicle, means an examination being both an examination for plating and a first goods vehicle test;

(a) 1972 c. 20.

(b) S.I. 1979/571, 1981/238.

(c) 1971 c. 10.

(d) S.I. 1978/1017, amended by S.I. 1978/1233, 1235, 1263, 1317, 1979/138, 843, 1062, 1980/139, 140, 287, 610, 880, 1166, 1789, 1981/261, 697, 915, 1189, 1580, 1663, 1688, 1982/1057, 1132, 1223, 1272, 1422.

"Goods Vehicle Centre" means the Goods Vehicle Centre at Welcombe House, 91-92 The Strand, Swansea, SA1 2DH.

"living van" means a vehicle whether mechanically propelled or not which is used as living accommodation by one or more persons, and which is also used for the carriage of goods or burden which are not needed by such one or more persons for the purpose of their residence in the vehicle;

"Ministry plate" means a plate issued by the Secretary of State for a goods vehicle following the issue or amendment of a plating certificate under these Regulations and in the form in, and containing the particulars required by, Schedule 11 to the Construction and Use Regulations;

"Ministry test date disc" means a plate issued by the Secretary of State for a goods vehicle being a trailer, following the issue of a goods vehicle test certificate for that trailer under these Regulations and containing—

(a) the identification mark allotted to that trailer and shown in that certificate;

(b) the date until which that certificate is valid; and

(c) the number of the vehicle testing station shown in the said certificate;

"notifiable alteration", in relation to a vehicle, means—

(a) an alteration made in the structure or fixed equipment of the vehicle which varies the carrying capacity or towing capacity of the vehicle,

(b) an alteration, affecting any part of a braking system or the steering system with which the vehicle is equipped or of the means of operation of that system, or

(c) any other alteration made in the structure or fixed equipment of the vehicle which renders or is likely to render the vehicle unsafe to travel on roads at any weight equal to any plated weight shown in the plating certificate for that vehicle.

"periodical test", in relation to a vehicle, means a goods vehicle test carried out by virtue of Part IV of these Regulations on a vehicle in respect of which a goods vehicle test certificate has been issued on a first examination of it or as a result of a re-test following that examination or as a result of an appeal under any provision in these Regulations.

"plated particulars" means those particulars which are required to be shown in a Ministry plate under Schedule 11 to the Construction and Use Regulations;

"plated weights" means such of the plated particulars related to gross weight, axle weight for each axle and train weight as are required to be shown in column (2) on a Ministry plate;

"play bus" means a motor vehicle which was originally constructed to carry more than 12 passengers but which has been adapted primarily for the carriage of play things for children (including articles required in connection with the use of those things);

"the prescribed construction and use requirements", in relation to a vehicle, means those of the requirements specified in Schedule 3 which apply to the vehicle;

"re-test", in relation to a vehicle, means an examination which is—

(a) an examination for plating and a goods vehicle test carried out on a vehicle under Part III of these Regulations subsequent to a first examination of that vehicle as a result of which a notice of refusal was issued, or

(b) a goods vehicle test carried out on a vehicle under Part V of these Regulations subsequent to a periodical test of that vehicle as a result of which a notice of refusal was issued;

"sender" means a person who informs the Secretary of State of a notifiable alteration under Regulation 29;

"sold or supplied by retail", in relation to a trailer, means sold or supplied otherwise than to a person acquiring solely for the purpose of resale or of re-supply for a valuable consideration;

"the standard lists" means lists—

(a) prepared by the Secretary of State after consultation with representative organisations of the motor manufacturing and road transport industries and other connected organisations and published by the Goods Vehicle Centre, and

(b) showing, as respects goods vehicles of a make, model and type specified in the lists and complying in the case of motor vehicles with certain particulars relating to the engine, transmission, brakes and dimensions so specified and in the case of trailers with certain particulars relating to type of coupling, dimensions, brakes and tyres so specified, (hereinafter...

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