Top prohibition defects ... and how to avoid them

Posted by AndrewT on 22nd May 2019

The Office of the Traffic Commissioner recently updated the data they report from DVSA examiners on the checks conducted on vehicles and operators. The information the DVSA gather is used as evidence for the traffic commissioners in taking action against offending operators. The updated data from the DVSA reveals that the top prohibition defects for HGVs are:
  • Brake systems and components
  • Condition of tyres
  • Service brake operation
  • Direction indicators and hazard warning lamps
  • Steering mechanism
For Trailers the top prohibition defects are:
  • Brake systems and components
  • Suspension
  • Condition of tyres
  • Spray
Most of the above could have been easily avoided. It has been reported in the past that around 85% of roadside prohibitions due to roadworthiness could have been avoided if an effective walk-around vehicle safety check had taken place before the vehicle was driven away. Using a driver vehicle safety check app such as SmartCheck gives operators confidence that the vehicle safety check actually took place as it records the time, location and duration of the check. Results are recorded in real time so that potential defects can be dealt with effectively. Find out more or get a quote for your fleet. Source - The Office of the Traffic Commissioner