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Road safety offences committed by operators in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) from January to December 2022.

he Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) carries out roadside inspections of goods vehicles and passenger-carrying vehicles to check that:

  • the driver is following drivers’ hours rules
  • the driver holds the correct licence, insurance and Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)
  • their vehicle is carrying the correct load weights and type of load permitted
  • their vehicle has no mechanical faults and is in a safe and roadworthy condition

DVSA publishes details of offences found on an annual basis.

The reports show:

  • the operator’s name
  • their operator’s licence number (some countries require operators to have more than one operator licence)
  • the number of vehicles the operator had registered on their operator licence
  • the number of prohibitions issued for mechanical defects
  • the number of advisory inspection notices issued for mechanical defects
  • the number of offences where a fine was issued for mechanical defects that DVSA found
  • the number of drivers hours offences DVSA found
  • the number of overloading offences DVSA found
  • the amount of the fines that had to be paid
  • the number of other traffic offences DVSA found

Other traffic offences include:

  • failing to produce records
  • falsification of records
  • tachograph offences
  • any offence where an ‘offence rectification notice’ (ORN) was issued by a DVSA examiner
  • any other offences not covered under drivers hours, overloading or mechanical offences

The data is sorted by country and then by operator name.

Data sources

These reports include defects and offences DVSA found from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022:

  • during roadside checks
  • during visits to operator sites

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