Vehicles may be subjected to tests or inspections at the roadside or at an operator’s premises. In the event that a defect or defects are found on a vehicle by an authorised official carrying out an inspection, a range of actions may be taken to record the defect and ensure it is rectified within set time limits. For more serious safety-related defects, they may prohibit the vehicle from continuing its journey.

This topic covers the range of roadside checks and inspections that can be carried out on vehicles by authorised bodies and the sanctions that can be applied if offences are identified.

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