Last reviewed 17 May 2021

Since the introduction of the ban on 10-year-old tyres, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has been issuing a new advisory on some annual test (MOT) certificates.

These are used for two reasons: to tell the person presenting the vehicle that a component is close to becoming defective; and to make a note for both DVSA and the presenter that the item was not able to be assessed during the test.

This second scenario can happen when the Vehicle Standards Assessors (VSAs) are unable to gain access to read the four digit date code on the tyres, as part of a twin wheel set up on a heavy vehicle.

As some operators have been concerned about this advisory, and what it might mean for them, the DVSA has moved to reassure then that it:

  • does not reflect poorly on the operator

  • does not affect the roadworthiness status of the vehicle

  • does not affect the Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS).

“The advisory is a reminder to the presenter or operator that they need to be confident in their tyre management system,” the Agency explains. “Your tyre management system should mean that you know the age and legality of all your tyres and take appropriate action where needed.”

These advisories are different to where a date code is missing or damaged, the DVSA points out, as these will still be a failure at annual test (MOT) on a steered front axle.

More information about effective tyre management is included in Section 5 of the Agency’s Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness — (available — here).

Details of the law which bans tyres aged over 10 years old from being used on the front steered axles of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), buses, coaches or all single wheels fitted to a minibus can be found — here.