According to the VOSA Effectiveness Report in 2012/13, 144,472 mechanical checks were conducted resulting in 56,144 prohibitions (38.9%). The top prohibition defects include all the basics such as
- Brake systems
- Indicators and hazard warning lamps
- Wheels and hubs
- Exhaust system
Transport Operators have plenty of room for improvement when it comes to roadworthiness. If you have not already reviewed the new DVSA guide you can find it here. The guide explains the responsibilities and systems involved in maintaining vehicles in a roadworthy condition, regardless of operating conditions, fleet size or vehicle type.
The guide is useful for operators, drivers and those responsible for operating, maintaining or providing commercial goods and PCVs and includes guidance on:
- Daily checks and inspections
- Inspection and repair facilities
- Regular safety inspections
- Responsibilities for roadworthiness
Following the provisions in the guide is good practice and provides evidence to the authorities your intention to be as compliant as reasonably possible.