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21 Apr 2022

DVSA revised guidance shows how they categorise vehicle defects in roadside checks published on 20 April 2022.

The guide outlines the actions taken when roadworthiness defects are found during vehicle inspections.

The changed rules will be enforced from 1 May 2022. On that day the revised Enforcement Sanctions Policy will also be published.

What’s changed

•            The categorisation of defects has been updated to include new items, notes and

               amendments in parts 1 and 2 of the manual.

•            There are significant updates to the load security sections, which includes removing the

               reference to the load security matrix.

•            There are additional load security defects and notes.

•            Other updates include vehicles missing an obligatory seat belt, electronic stability control

               (ESC), suspension joints and overrun brakes.

The Annual test Inspection manuals have also been updated for both HGV and PSV.  The existing publications are still online and in use until 1 May 2022.

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