HGV and PSV inspection manual updates

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Published: 24 March 2023
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DVSA Inspection Manuals: Key Updates for HGV and PSV

Effective from April 1, 2023, the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) is implementing noteworthy changes in the HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) and PSV (Public Service Vehicle) inspection manuals. These updates are aimed at enhancing safety standards and adapting to evolving technologies in the transport industry.

1. Free-rolling tyres on front steered axles

As per earlier guidance, the use of free-rolling tires on front steered axles will now be considered a failure in the inspection process. This change underscores the importance of tire safety in preventing accidents and ensuring roadworthiness.

2. Loose wheel studs/bolts and wheel flanges

In response to modern technology advancements in heavy vehicles, a new deficiency (failure) has been added for loose wheel studs/bolts connected to the hub, including wheel flanges. This addresses potential safety risks associated with improperly secured wheel components.

DVSA inspection manual updates to wheels

3. Seat belt webbing standards

Clarity has been introduced regarding the standards for assessing cuts and damage to seat belt webbing. This clarification ensures that seat belts meet the necessary safety requirements, contributing to passenger and driver safety.

4. Flashing stop lamps

A new deficiency (failure) has been included for any flashing stop lamp. If all stop lamps are flashing, a prohibition will be issued. This emphasizes the importance of proper functioning stop lamps in enhancing road safety.

3. PSV brake testing

The sections related to PSV brake testing have been updated to provide clear guidelines on brake efficiency calculations. These calculations now consider gross weight (for vehicles manufactured before 1982) and design weights (for vehicles manufactured after 1982) when assessing brake lock-up during testing.

Other updates include details about:

  • Inappropriate modification
  • 1c Tachograph fitment
  • Trailer EBS conditioning process

Stakeholder feedback and review

DVSA has incorporated these updates following feedback and thorough review from industry stakeholders. These revisions aim to align inspection standards with the latest safety requirements and technological advancements in the HGV and PSV sectors.

Accessing updated DVSA inspection manuals

The latest DVSA inspection manuals are readily accessible through the provided links. Each manual includes a revision record section that lists all updates for each section, along with their respective locations. Stay informed and ensure compliance with the latest safety standards by referring to these updated manuals.

In conclusion, the DVSA’s commitment to safety and continuous improvement is reflected in these comprehensive updates to the HGV and PSV inspection manuals. These changes will help maintain high safety standards on the roads while accommodating advancements in vehicle technology.

Adapted from an article written by Transport Engineer © Wednesday, March 17, 2023.

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