- Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
- Part of:
- Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA): forms and guidance
- 25 June 2015
- Last updated:
- 9 March 2017, see all updates
- Applies to:
- England, Scotland, and Wales
How to avoid the top 10 reasons lorries don't pass the Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) inspection.
This guide tells you how to avoid the top 10 reasons that lorries and other heavy goods vehicles in the N2 and N3 inspection category fail the IVA inspection.
Full compliance with this guide doesn’t guarantee a pass. You’ll need to view the IVA Inspection manual for the full requirements and testing procedures needed to get your vehicle passed.
You must apply for vehicle approval if you’ve:
- built a vehicle
- rebuilt a vehicle
- radically altered a vehicle
- reconstructed a classic vehicle
- imported a vehicle
Vehicles in the N2/3 categories are defined as:
- N2 - vehicles used for the carriage of goods and having a maximum mass exceeding 3.5 tonnes but not exceeding 12 tonnes
- N3 - vehicles used for the carriage of goods and having a maximum mass exceeding 12 tonnes
Published: 25 June 2015
Updated: 9 March 2017
- Updated guidance on how to avoid the top 10 reasons lorries don't pass the Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) inspection.
- First published.