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Public service vehicle (PSV) inspection manual

The testing procedures and standards for annual tests (MOTs) on buses and coaches.

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Public service vehicle (PSV) inspection manual

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Details

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

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

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

Published 18 July 2013
Last updated 10 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added the version of the PSV inspection manual that will apply from 13 September 2018. Full details are set out in the change table in the document.
  2. Updated the PSV inspection manual that applies from 20 May 2018, and removed the manual that applied until 19 May 2018.
  3. Updated the public service vehicles (PSV) inspection manual and change table that will apply from 20 May 2018.
  4. Added a draft version of the PSV inspection manual that will apply from 20 May 2018.
  5. Added the PSV inspection manual that will apply from 1 October 2015.
  6. Added the PSV inspection manual that comes into effect from 1 April 2015.
  7. First published.
  1. Step 1 Check when your test is due and get reminders

  2. Step 2 Book the test

    1. Find your nearest test centre and book your test

    The cost will vary depending on where you take the test.

    1. Check the fees for heavy goods vehicles or trailers
    2. Check the fees for public service vehicles

    Fill in an application form before you book your test if it's the first time it's been tested and it's either:

  3. Step 3 Prepare your vehicle

  4. and Prepare the documents you need

  5. Step 4 Take your vehicle to the test

    1. Find out what happens at the test centre

    At the end of the test, you'll be told if your vehicle has passed or failed.