DVSA Roadside Checks
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DVSA Roadside Checks Roadside   checks   are   held   all   over   the   country,   at   the   roadside   and   at   permanent   sites,   some   equipped   with weighbridges.   Checks   cover:   vehicle   inspections,   to   check   for   defective   components   and   overloading;   and,   driver   and operator   compliance   regarding   vehicle   excise   duty,   inspection   and   analysis   of   tachograph   charts   and   other   road traffic   offences.   If   any   non-compliance   is   found   a   range   of   sanctions   are   available   to   examiners   to   deal   with   the offence. Some   roadside   checks   are   limited   to   particular   areas   of   concern   such   as   exhaust   emissions,   tyres   and   lighting. These   are   carried   out   by   Vehicle   Examiners   on   all   types   of   vehicle   including   cars   and   light   vans.   If   the   vehicle exhaust emissions exceed the legal limits then a prohibition may be issued. What happens at a spot-check? Vehicles   are   selected   for   examination   and   are   directed   to   the   check   site   by   a   police   officer   or   DVSA   Enforcement Support   Officers   (VESO),   who   like   the   police   are   able   to   stop   vehicles   for   checking.   During   mobile   checks   the   police officer   or   VESO   will   direct   you   to   the   temporary   check   site.   Once   at   the   check   site   your   vehicle   will   be   examined   by DVSA Traffic and Vehicle Examiners. A   Traffic   Examiner   will   inspect   your   vehicle   to   ensure   its   compliance   with   construction   and   use   standards.   They   will also check compliance with; drivers hours requirements weight excise duty, operator and driver licensing documentation When   determining   compliance   with   driver   licensing   Traffic   Examiners   will   check   the   details   given   by   the   driver   at   the side of the road, against those held on DVLA’s database to ensure that the driver has the correct licence entitlement. The Vehicle Examiner will inspect and check the road-worthiness of vehicles in terms of their mechanical condition. DVSA   also   takes   part   in   multi   agency   checks   which   involves   checks   by   other   enforcement   agencies   including Customs and Excise, Department of Social Services, Immigration and others. Should I receive any paperwork after the examination? This will depend on what checks have been carried out and what you need to be informed about. Under   the   Hazchem   Directive,   for   every   Inspection   of   a   dangerous   goods   vehicle   by   a   Traffic   Examiner   an   EEC directive   form   will   be   completed   as   required   by   The   Department   for   Transport.   The   driver   will   be   issued   with   a duplicate copy for information. Drivers   will   also   be   given   a   guidance   sheet   pointing   out   the   dangers   of   overloading   and   how   to   take   preventative measures against it. Is any special equipment used? DVSA’s examiners will use a range of equipment according to the nature of the checks being carried out: roller brake testers and heat sensors – for checking brake performance Smoke Meters and Exhaust Gas Analysers – for exhaust emissions Opacity Meters – for checking the level of tint in window glass Limiter Tester – for checking the set speed of Speed Limiters Defects   found   either   through   a   visual   inspection   or   through   the   use   of   test   equipment   may   result   in   further   use   of   the vehicle   being   prohibited.   Vehicles   prohibited   in   these   circumstances   need   to   be   re-examined   to   ensure   the   defects observed have been repaired. Vehicles are weighed by Traffic Examiners using: Weighbridges   -   Dynamic   weighbridge   equipment   comprises   a   single   axle   weigher   linked   to   a   console.   Vehicles are usually weighed whilst in motion but can also be weighed whilst stationary. Weighbridges   -   A   single   weighing   plate   is   connected   to   an   indicating   mechanism,   vehicles   are   weighed   whilst stationary. Weighbridges   -   Comprises   of   two   or   more   independent   static   weighing   plates   connected   to   a   single   console. Vehicle are weighed whilst stationary. Weighpads   -   Portable   Weighpads   give   the   examiner   the   opportunity   to   weigh   vehicles   at   locations   not   normally subjected to weight checks. They are easily transported and can be operated at any suitable site. There is a code of practice for each type of equipment used by Examiners. Drivers will be given specific instructions. What if my vehicle or licence is found to be non-compliant? A   prohibition   notice   will   be   issued   if   non-compliance   is   discovered.   A   list   of   those   prohibitions   is   detailed   in   the Roadside   Prohibitions   Issued   page.   When   interviews   are   conducted   with   drivers/operators   at   the   roadside   under caution,   notes   are   taken   at   the   time.   You   will   be   asked   specific   questions   relevant   to   the   offence(s).   Documentation may    be    retained    as    evidence    and    a    receipt    issued.    Further    investigation    will    take    place    which    could    lead    to prosecution. What happens if my vehicle is found to be overloaded? If   the   weight   recorded   is   above   the   permitted   limit   the   Examiner   will   issue   the   driver   with   an   Overloaded   Prohibition Notice,   (which   may   contain   particular   conditions).   A   copy   of   a   prohibition   notice   will   be   sent   to   the   owner   of   the vehicle. In the case of 'O' Licensed vehicles the Traffic Commissioner will also be notified. Examiners   have   the   discretion   to   direct   the   vehicle   to   a   nearby   facility   where   a   proportion   of   the   goods   carried   can   be off-loaded or the load re-distributed. If   there   is   no   record   of   previous   offending,   then   no   prosecution   action   will   be   taken.   Repeat   offenders   (whether   driver or operator) will be prosecuted.