Trade plate test drive clarity sought
26 April 2020
The NFDA is lobbying the DVLA for clarification on using trade plates during unaccompanied test drives of unregistered new or untaxed used cars.
Current DVLA guidance makes no mention of whether a dealer representative should be in attendance during the test drive. However, most retailers generally assume that it is, and dealer insurance often insists on it.
As operations resume, it is expected retailers will be required to operate two-metre social distancing rules – which is impossible in test drives.
Upon pointing this out to the DVLA, the NFDA was initially advised by its policy department that physical dealer representation was still required during the test drive.
The DVLA has since told the NFDA a policy review is underway. The organisation will issue advice once the DVLA responds.