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Categorisation of Defects updated – effective 5th May 23

24 Apr 2023

DVSA revised guidance on how they categorise vehicle defects in roadside checks has been published today, Monday 24 April 2023.

This guide outlines the actions they take when they find roadworthiness defects during vehicle inspections.

The new guidance will come into effect from 5 May 2023.

Various topics have been updated in:

•            part 1 - public service, heavy goods and agricultural vehicles

•            part 2 - passenger cars, private buses and light goods vehicles

What has changed in the guidance?

Positive fit with an XL body

Additional load security defects and notes have been added to parts 1 and 2. No more than a 30cm gap is allowed and this will align with the information in Load Security: Code of Practice which will be published soon.

Wheel hub flanges specific to MAN vehicles

A defect and note have been added. Specific sanctions can be issued if they are worn, damaged or with loose fixings that affects the security of a wheel.

Guidance on cuts to seatbelt webbing

This aligns with current advice in the HGV and PSV inspection manuals. Even a small cut can significantly reduce their strength.

Clarification on drivers' mirrors and defective doors

This aligns with the relevant inspection manuals. Mandatory mirrors must be fitted and give the user an appropriate field of view.

Advice on jammed or obstructed doors on vehicles

New wording for jammed or obstructed doors on vehicles which cannot be opened when required.

Further information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/categorisation-of-defects