DVSA updates on vehicle defects from April 2022

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Published: 12 May 2022
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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has unveiled a series of crucial updates to its vehicle defects guidelines in roadside inspections, effective from April 20, 2022. These modifications are set to be enforced starting May 1, 2022, coinciding with the release of the revised Enforcement Sanctions Policy.

Key alterations:

  • Defect categorisation enhancements: The DVSA has overhauled the categorisation of defects, introducing fresh elements, notes, and revisions to both Part 1 and Part 2 of the manual. These changes provide inspectors with more comprehensive guidelines for identifying and addressing roadworthiness issues.
  • Load security: Notably, the load security section has undergone significant updates. This includes the removal of the load security matrix reference and the introduction of new load security defects and accompanying notes. These changes aim to bolster the safety of cargo transport and reduce potential hazards on the road.
  • Additional defects: The DVSA has expanded the list of defects to include vehicles lacking mandatory seat belts, electronic stability control (ESC) issues, suspension joint concerns, and overrun brake problems. These additions underscore the agency’s commitment to enhancing road safety by addressing a wider range of potential issues.

For a comprehensive understanding of these updates and their implications, visit the official government website at www.gov.uk/government/publications/categorisation-of-defects.

Stay informed, stay safe, and adhere to the latest vehicle defects guidelines as mandated by the DVSA. Roadworthiness and safety are paramount, and these updates serve as a vital step toward achieving these objectives.

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