As an agency of the UK Department of Transport, the DVSA’s main slogan is
"Keeping you safe on British roads."
They promise to
Every single person who travels on British roads is affected by DVSA legislation and is safer as a result.
DVSA officers and the Police have the legal right to pull over any lorry, van, coach, bus or car. They are permitted to carry out spot checks and issue the relevant penalties for a myriad of offences. The checks are carried out either at the roadside or at dedicated testing sites. Their purpose is to keep unsafe vehicles off the road.
The officer can investigate a variety of potential offences related to
Failure to produce any of the required information or to pass any tests will result in a fine and the possibility of vehicle impoundment. This applies to both British and International vehicles on the roads.
Remember, such offences could cause endless stress and annoyance to the driver and cargo owners alike, with failure to meet deadlines and ferry departure times because of it. It’s easier to obey the rules than try to flout them.
In 2017, around 1,900 vehicles were charged with severe offences or immediate prohibition. This accounts for around 11% of British vehicles and almost 20% of International trailers.
Whilst DVSA checks may cause delays, they could prevent a lorry driver from falling asleep at the wheel during rush hour or avoid a poorly secured load from coming loose on a busy motorway.
The simple answer? Make sure your vehicle is safe and secure before commencing your journey.
The driver of the vehicle will be held immediately responsible for any faults, therefore it is their responsibility to make sure that the vehicle is safe to drive before setting off.
However, the owner of the vehicle will be liable for the fine. So, make sure your vehicle is safe with these simple DVSA approved checks:
The vehicle should not be used until the issue has been rectified. Failure to do so could result in on-the-spot fines and penalty points.
Ultimately the job of the DVSA is to keep road users out of harms way. Whilst their methods can be an inconvenience, their results are what keep everyone safe on the road.