Guidance

Heavy goods vehicle (HGV) inspection manual

The standards followed by Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) staff when carrying out a lorry or trailer annual test (MOT).

Documents

Heavy goods vehicle (HGV) inspection manual (to 19 May 2018)

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Heavy goods vehicle (HGV) inspection manual (from 20 May 2018 - draft version)

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Draft heavy goods vehicle (HGV) inspection manual change table

Details

This manual is for everyone who takes part in HGV examinations and maintenance and explains:

  • acceptable reasons for failure
  • application of specific relevant requirements
  • procedures and standards used during testing

The inspection manual will change on 20 May 2018 when the EU roadworthiness directive (2014/45) is introduced.

The draft version of the inspection manual from 20 May 2018 could change before the directive is introduced.

Published 18 July 2013
Last updated 10 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added a draft version of the HGV inspection manual that will apply from 20 May 2018.
  2. Added the HGV inspection manual that will apply from 1 October 2015.
  3. Added the HGV inspection manual that comes into effect from 1 April 2015
  4. First published.