On the 17th July 2023, DVSA announced it received many enquiries relating to the classification of crew cab type vans. The inspection manual currently states that 4 × 4 pickup vehicles with a DGW over 3,000kg up to and including 3,500kg are considered dual purpose vehicles for test purposes if information about the unladen weight is not available. Because they’re type-approved as goods vehicles, it would be natural to assume they should be tested as a class 7.
DVSA has agreed with the Department for Transport (DfT) that a crew cab type van must meet all the criteria within the definition as detailed within Introduction 2.2 of the MOT testing guide.
An exception has been agreed that if these vehicles meet the criteria and the unladen weight is unknown they are considered class 4 for test purposes, the same as for 4×4 pickup vehicles.
If the unladen weight is known to be more than 2040kg test the vehicle as class 7.
To clarify click here to verify what class a vehicle falls into. It is not necessary to search the internet for an unladen weight.
You must decline to test the vehicle if it is of such a size, weight or configuration that it cannot be properly or safely tested on the approved facilities. The MOT inspection manual and MOT testing guide will be updated shortly with the issue of a Special Notice.
The MOT inspection manual and MOT testing guide will be updated shortly & we will of course update you when it is!