As MOTs vehicles have been suspended for up to 3 months to help tackle spread of coronavirus. What have the government released in regards to Statutory Inspections?
As we are all aware MOTs are also suspended for up to 3 months. What is not so clear is the governments advice for other safety inspections such as LOLER, PUWER and PSSR.
The government guidelines still state that it is a legal obligation for duty holders to maintain work equipment and carry out thorough examinations, written schemes and statutory inspections. However, some legislation does allow circumstances with the agreement of a suitable competent person where thorough examinations and statutory inspections can be postponed until a later date.
Engineers who are working on site should take into account Public Heath England Advice
This decision has been made to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
AWE Response to Clovid-19
We will uphold a duty of care to both our own staff and customers. We will work with each customer on a case by case basis – in some circumstances we may be able to grant an extension in line with government guidelines.
As we strongly believe that we are all in this together – already paid for and booked in customers who wish to cancel due to furloughed staff or site closures are welcome to a full refund.
We will remain open to carry out Inspection Services although in the instance of poor on site health and safety we will not be able to attend site.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
We are having to take big decisions to protect the public in our national battle against COVID-19. Regrettably, we have had to suspend driver testing for up to 3 months to help tackle the spread of the virus.
It is vital that those who need a test can get one so DVSA is offering tests to those who have a critical need, such as the NHS and drivers delivering goods across the UK.
Those who have tests cancelled will have priority when testing resumes