GUIDE TO MAINTAINING ROADWORTHINESS – 2014 REVISION
The DVSA has updated its Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness – essential reading for anyone whose responsibilities include vehicle roadworthiness.
The 2014 revision clears up some grey areas and gives better guidance to operators, drivers and maintenance providers.
Some of the more important changes made are to:
Older vehicles and trailers
Guidance for older vehicles and trailers is for more frequent maintenance. DVSA also recommends a maximum interval of six weeks between safety inspections for vehicles and trailers 12 years and older.
Safety inspection completion date
DVSA recommends that an International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) week planning system is used to allow some flexibility when you plan safety inspections.
Safety inspection and repair facilities
DVSA has listed the items that you will need for your safety inspection facility.
DVSA has included a new section on brake testing. They are now looking for regular, meaningful, laden brake testing over and above the inspection at the annual MOT test.
You can read the details on page 24 of the guide, but we can tell you that DVSA is now looking for a minimum of three successful brake efficiency tests spread throughout year in addition to the annual MOT test.
To read the full 2014 Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness go to www.gov.uk/government/publications/guide-to-maintaining-roadworthiness