Last reviewed 28 April 2022

Revised guidance on how the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) categorises vehicle defects in roadside checks is now available  here.

This guide outlines the actions the Agency takes when roadworthiness defects are found during vehicle inspections. The changed rules will be enforced from 1 May 2022 when the DVSA will publish its revised Enforcement Sanctions Policy.

Main guidance changes

The amendments in the new edition of the guide include:

  • the categorisation of defects has been updated to include new items, notes and amendments in parts 1 and 2 of the manual

  • significant updates to the load security sections, which includes removing the reference to the load security matrix

  • additional load security defects and notes

  • updated references to vehicles missing an obligatory seat belt, electronic stability control (ESC), suspension joints and overrun brakes.

The DVSA has also published changes to the Annual Test inspection manuals for passenger service vehicles (PSVs) and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). The existing publications are still online and in use until 1 May 2022.

The PSV manual is available — here.

The HGV manual is available — here.