Guidance

Keeping commercial vehicles safe to drive (roadworthy)

How to keep heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and public service vehicles (PSVs) safe to drive, including daily checks, inspections, maintenance and record keeping.

Documents

Guide to maintaining roadworthiness: commercial goods and passenger carrying vehicles

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This guide explains the responsibilities and systems involved in keeping vehicles in a roadworthy condition, regardless of operating conditions, fleet size or vehicle type.

It includes guidance on:

  • daily checks and inspections
  • inspection and repair facilities
  • regular safety inspections
  • responsibilities for roadworthiness
  • monitoring

You cannot buy printed copies of the guide, but you’re allowed to print your own copies.

Drivers should use the HGV driver’s daily walkaround check and PSV driver’s daily walkaround check as part of your maintenance system.

You can also get expert advice on driving commercial vehicles by buying the:

Published 22 April 2014
Last updated 23 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated the guidance to include advice on the monitoring of tyre age, and updated the daily walkaround check diagrams.
  2. First published.