DVSA enforcement sanctions policy

Action Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) traffic examiners take to deal with offences, including warnings, prohibition notices, and fixed penalties.


DVSA enforcement sanctions policy

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The policy sets out what action DVSA traffic examiners will take when dealing with most offences that they find when they carry out roadside checks.

It’s used to make sure that DVSA takes consistent action when carrying out checks.

Drivers’ hours and EU Exit

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the EU drivers’ hours and tachograph rules will be kept as UK law.

Journeys within the UK that are currently covered by EU rules will still be covered by these rules.

International journeys that start or end in the UK (including to and from EU countries) will be covered by AETR rules. These match the EU rules, so it will not change what you must do to follow the rules.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, we will update the guidance document on this page to confirm that the EU rules will be kept.

Published 30 August 2012
Last updated 12 April 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated the enforcement sanctions policy following the introduction of offences for trailer registration.
  2. Updated enforcement sanctions policy following changes being introduced as part of EU Directive 2014/45, which came into force on 20 May 2018.
  3. Updated the guidance as DVSA traffic examiners can now issue on-the-spot fines for any drivers’ hours offences committed in the last 28 days, and a new offence (1-48B) has been added for exceeding 16.65m in length.
  4. Updated the document with a new 'false instrument' offence and increased enforcement powers for the offence of 'conditions of regular weekly rest not met’.
  5. A new version of the Enforcement Sanctions Policy has now been published. The option of cabotage has been added to 'Drives a vehicle in contravention of a prohibition (GV170 or GV171)'.
  6. New EC legislation has been introduced which replaces the previous legislation. The Enforcement Sanctions Policy has been updated to remove the references to the old legislation and replace it with the new legislative references. There are no practical implications for drivers and operators resulting from the change of regulation.
  7. A new version of the Enforcement Sanctions Policy has now been published. A new offence - 12-10 FAIL TO COMPLY WITH A LONDON TRAFFIC ORDER - appears on page 292.
  8. An updated version of the guide containing new driving licence offences has been added.
  9. The latest version of the Enforcement Sanctions Policy contains new offences.
  10. The new version of the PDF contains an amendment to one of the thresholds VOSA apply when dealing with insecure loads.It also has details of a new offence code to be used in relation to brake offences.
  11. Minor, but important, changes to the advice on insecure loads which might affect the action taken by examiners.
  12. Document updated with new Fixed Penalty Notice figures.
  13. Overwrote the PDF file with the latest version.
  14. First published.