Categorisation of vehicle defects (from 1 September 2022)

Click here to access the updated DVSA Categorisation of vehicle defects guidance, effective from 1 September 2022. This guide informs you what actions Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) examiners and authorised constables may take when they find roadworthiness defects during:

  • roadside vehicle inspections
  • annual tests (MOTs)

What has changed?

  • Individual defects have been added to the load security section. This should help operators, drivers, and examiners obtain clarity over defects and identify and resolve issues. The changes include updates to appropriate securing mechanisms for paper reels, skips and containers.
  • There are new load security defects for light vehicles for when objects are carried directly on the roof panel and insecure loads on a roof rack.
  • There is an updated defect for an out of service PSV accessibility ramp or lift safety equipment.
  • The motorcycle section has also been updated with regards to tread depth, re-cut tread and brake fluid leaks.

You will find a table of all the changes at the end of the guidance included in Appendix A. You can use this guide to find out more about DVSA’s inspection standards and possible defects.