News: COVID-19: HGV testing to restart

From 4th July, the DVSA are restarting testing for heavy vehicles. They have issued a 3-month exemption for vehicles due to be tested in June and will issue further exemptions for July tests. The exemptions will be applied automatically. You can use their MOT history service to check the expiry dates for your vehicles.

In August, vehicles which have already received an exemption will need a test. All other vehicles due for a test in August will receive a 3-month exemption. When those exemptions expire, vehicles will need to be brought in for test.

They are working with ATFs like us to resume testing from 4th July and will be increasing the availability of testers over the coming months, in line with social distancing and the latest Government guidance. ADR inspections will also be available from 4 July. Vehicle operators carrying dangerous goods who do not book an annual test should apply for a waiver, if they want their annual test and ADR inspection expiry dates to occur at the same time.

Our test centre remains closed but as soon as we have confirmation from the DVSA that it can be operational we will of course let you know.

If you have any questions in the meantime please consult the DVSA website or contact us at: or 01302 710711

Thanks for your patience.

All at the John Hudson Trailers Test Centre.

News: Open 7am to 7pm weekdays from Monday 8th June

We are very pleased to announce that we will be open once again at our old pre-lockdown times from Monday 8th June. We are not open at the weekends.

Unfortunately the test station remains closed until further notice.

We have complied with the government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19, specifically:

  • We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with the people who work here
  • We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance
  • We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home
  • We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace
  • Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk

Full details of our policy to working safely during Covid-19 are now listed here.

Exact opening times are below, if you have questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Look forward to seeing you soon.

The directors and staff at John Hudson Trailers Ltd.

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00am – 7.00pm
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

NEWS: Trailer sales: update

We may be experiencing tough and uncertain times within our industry at the moment but it will not last forever. Trailer sales and hire are continuing as normal here at John Hudson Trailers. We are confident that we can all pull through and when it’s over things will become busy again and specialised trailers in high demand.

Now may well be a good time to start planning for a brighter future and considering your future trailer requirements.

We have a very good stock of trailers here in sunny Bawtry: everything from flats and curtains right through to plant trailers, power steered trailers and ‘proper’ detachable neck 300mm low loaders.

More than happy to answer any questions you may have.

As usual, we offer very flexible trailer sales and hire options that should suit most people’s needs and will always consider part exchanges.

A small selection of current stock for sale is on our Trailers for Sale page.

So, please take a look round the website, or give us a call. We are also on Facebook and Instagram.

The John Hudson Trailers sales team:

Craig07827 953 911 |

Jerome07722 148

Clive07711 218

Scott: 07557 551 504 | 
(flats, curtains, trombones & part ex’s) 

NEWS: Pillarless curtainsiders on the way

Good morning. We have a quantity of brand new 2020 4.5m pillarless curtainsiders on the way to our Bawtry yard. They are spec’d as follows:

  • 4.5m Pillarless Body
  • 9’6 side access (2.9mtr)
  • ENXL rated body
  • BPW axles with drum brakes
  • Raise and lower complete with auto reset
  • G Section c/w 13 pair of lashing points
  • 13 pair of straps
  • 430/300 Bearer Pitch

3 red pillarless curtainsiders are ready to go now and 3 blue ones following shortly. More pics and details will be posted in our trailers for sale section shortly. If you are interested then please call Scott on: 07557 551504 or email him at: for more details. Part exchanges considered. Other trailers always available.

News: Sales Update

“People don’t remember what you say but they remember how you made them feel“. Given the difficult situation everyone is going through, you can be sure that people will continue remembering how you treat them now.

At this very difficult time John Hudson Trailers are doing their very best to help supply the transport industry with the trailers and service they need. We may not be operating at full capacity, but we are open with the absolute minimal staff in the office and like many others around the globe working from home where possible.

If you require anything please get in touch as we will answer questions and enquiries you may have. Photos and information will be supplied as quickly as possible but there may be some delays.

Trailers will be published as normal on our website, but please contact us if you can’t see what you are looking for as we have many more in stock.

Most of all, please take care, be safe and listen to any guidance from the Government and the NHS who are trying to save lives!

Please do not hesitate to call us on 01302 710711 if you. think we can help.

NEWS: Coronavirus – Updated 29/5/2020

Workshops, trailer hire & sales are OPEN: Please call 01302 710711.

We are open and operating all our usual sales and rental services but on reduced hours from 8am to 4pm at the moment.

During the government suspension of HGV testing, HGV and PSV vehicles with an MOT have been issued with a 3 month certificate of temporary exemption (CTE) until further notice. See here for more information.

DVSA are still doing roadside enforcement and are emphasising the importance of regular inspection during the suspension of testing.  Our HGV, PSV and trailer inspection, servicing, repairs and refurbishment services are operating; ring 01302 710 711 option 2.

We are following the ‘social distancing’ guidelines here at Bawtry, so please don’t be offended if the usual warm welcome seems a little chilly.

Difficult times but wishing you all the best.

As ever, don’t hesitate to call if you have questions.

All at John Hudson Trailers Ltd.

News: Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Eve – 7:00AM – 12:00PM (No A.T.F testing)
Christmas Day – CLOSED
Boxing Day – CLOSED
Friday 27th December – CLOSED
Saturday 28th December – CLOSED
Monday 30th December – 7:00am – 15:30pm
Tuesday 31st December – 7:00am – 15:30pm 
New Year’s Day – CLOSED
Thursday 2nd January – 7:00am – 15:30pm
Friday 3rd January – 7:00am – 15:30pm
Saturday 4th January – 7:00am – 11:00am
Monday 6th January  – 7:00am – 7.00pm
Thursday 2nd January  – 7:00am – 7.00pm (A.T.F testing resumes)

Happy Christmas and a Merry New year to all our customers and suppliers from everyone here at John Hudson Trailers.

Welder / Fabricator Required

We are looking for an experienced welder / fabricator to work in our busy HGV specialist trailer division here at Bawtry in South Yorkshire. The role is full time, we can offer competitive rates of pay and an immediate start.

If you think this might be a role for you, please contact Pete Goggan, Workshop Manager on 01302 710711 option 2 or email him at

New facilities underway at Bawtry

Work has begun on upgrading the old offices into a new staff ‘snap’ room, a meeting room and customer toilets. The building was constructed in the early 70’s and was the sales, hire, service and parts department until 2016. The old signage is down and the new facilities will be ready by the end of may.