DVSA roadside checks: fines and financial deposits

How fines and financial deposits issued by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) for offences found at roadside checks work.



DVSA has the power to carry out spot checks on your vehicle, and can issue fines (called ‘fixed penalties’) if you commit an offence.

Some of these are graduated depending on the circumstances and seriousness of the offence.

This guide explains:

  • when you can get a fine for drivers’ hours offences, roadworthiness offences or driving an overweight vehicle
  • how much you can be fined
  • what to do if you’re given a fine
  • how to complain if you think you should not have been fined
Published 18 February 2013
Last updated 5 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. 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.
  2. Updated to include new Fixed Penalty Notice levels.
  3. First published.