Guidance

How vehicle defects are categorised

How vehicle defects found during roadside inspections or vehicle tests are categorised and what action will be taken.

Documents

Categorisation of vehicle defects

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Details

This guide lists the actions to take when roadworthiness defects are found during:

  • roadside vehicle inspections
  • annual tests

It’s used by DVSA examiners and authorised constables, but you can use it to become more aware of DVSA’s inspection standards and possible defects.

Updates are listed at the end of the document.

This isn’t a legal document. It must not be treated as an interpretation of the relevant laws, which only the courts can provide.

Published 10 July 2013
Last updated 20 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Removed the version of the categorisation of vehicle defects guide that applied until 19 May 2018.
  2. Updated the version of the categorisation of vehicle defects guide that will apply from 20 May 2018.
  3. Added the version of the categorisation of vehicle defects guide that will apply from 20 May 2018.
  4. An updated version of the 'Categorisation of roadworthiness defects' has been published.
  5. An updated version of the categorisation of roadworthiness defects guide.
  6. First published.