Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) inspection manual: lorries

How lorries are inspected when they're being approved under the Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) scheme to make sure they're safe to be used.


IVA inspection manual: HGVs

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This inspection manual is used by DVSA examiners, vehicle presenters and anyone who wants to familiarise themselves with the requirements and procedures of testing HGVs (vehicle categories N2 and N3) under the IVA scheme.

Published 31 January 2011
Last updated 1 September 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated version of the Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) inspection manual for heavy goods vehicles (vehicle categories N2 & N3).
  2. Updated IVA inspection manual
  3. Version 7.0 of the manual is now available.
  4. Version 7.0 of the manual comes into effect on 3 February 2014
  5. First published.