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1. About this summary report
As a commercial driver, you might be asked to stop by the police or a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) officer. They can stop lorries, buses and coaches.
The police and DVSA have the power to carry out spot checks on your vehicle and issue prohibitions if necessary.
Find out more about roadside vehicle checks for commercial drivers.
1.1 What the report shows
This report summarises roadworthiness and traffic compliance between April 2016 and March 2017 of domestic and foreign heavy goods vehicles and trailers.
GB-registered public service vehicles were only checked for roadworthiness offences, as the PSV checks alternate annually between those and compliance.
The checks detailed in this report were carried out on randomly-selected vehicles at randomly-selected roadside sites throughout Great Britain.
The data used in the report was provided by the Department for Transport’s in-house analytical consultancy.
2. Prohibition or serious offence
2.1 Summary for 2016 to 2017
|Vehicle type||Vehicles issued with a prohibition/serious offence||Vehicles not issued with a prohibition/serious offence||Total vehicles checked|
|Great Britain vehicle||279||2,251||2,530|
|Great Britain trailer||159||1,201||1,360|
|Great Britain traffic||202||2,357||2,559|
|Non-Great Britain vehicle||305||2,134||2,439|
|Non-Great Britain trailer||437||1,945||2,382|
|Non-Great Britain traffic||336||2,190||2,526|
Prohibition and serious offence rate
|Vehicle type||% of vehicles stopped that led to a prohibition or serious offence|
|Great Britain vehicle||11%|
|Great Britain trailer||11.7%|
|Great Britain traffic||7.9%|
|Non-Great Britain vehicle||12.5%|
|Non-Great Britain trailer||18.3%|
|Non-Great Britain traffic||13.3%|
2.2 Historical information
The tables linked to below show the historic figure on the number of stops and prohibitions issued by DVSA:
Where ‘No data’ shows, it’s because either:
- the checks were done in alternate years
- no records are available
3. Vehicle and trailer defect rates
3.1 Total number of vehicle and trailer checks
|Vehicle type||Total number checked|
|Great Britain vehicle||2,530|
|Great Britain trailer||1,360|
|Non-Great Britain vehicle||2,439|
|Non-Great Britain trailer||2,382|
3.2 Vehicle and trailer defect volumes
|Vehicle type||Immediate||Delayed||Inspection notice||No defect|
|Great Britain vehicle||132||147||347||1,904|
|Great Britain trailer||59||100||147||1,054|
|Non-Great Britain vehicle||92||213||281||1,853|
|Non-Great Britain trailer||106||331||169||1,776|
3.3 Vehicle and trailer defect rates
|Vehicle type||% Immediate||% Delayed||% Inspection notice||% No defect|
|Great Britain vehicle||5.2%||5.8%||13.7%||75.3%|
|Great Britain trailer||4.3%||7.4%||10.8%||77.5%|
|Non-Great Britain vehicle||3.8%||8.7%||11.5%||76.0%|
|Non-Great Britain trailer||4.5%||13.9%||7.1||74.6%|
4. Traffic offence rate
4.1 Total number of traffic stops
|Type||Total number stopped|
|Great Britain traffic||2,577|
|Non-Great Britain traffic||2,526|
4.2 Traffic offence volumes
|Type||Serious||Warning||No traffic offence|
|Great Britain traffic||202||54||2,321|
|Non-Great Britain traffic||336||34||2,156|
4.3 Traffic offence rate
|Type||% Serious||% Warning||% No traffic offence|
|Great Britain traffic||7.8%||2.1%||90.1%|
|Non-Great Britain traffic||13.3%||1.3%||85.4%|