Vehicle defects: how they’re treated and dealt with

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


Categorisation of defects

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

  • roadside vehicle inspections
  • annual tests

It’s primarily for the use of DVSA examiners and authorised constables but has been made available to the public so vehicle owners, operators and drivers can 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 24 July 2017 + show all updates
  1. An updated version of the 'Categorisation of roadworthiness defects' has been published.
  2. An updated version of the categorisation of roadworthiness defects guide.
  3. First published.