Update to Maintaining Roadworthiness guide
On the 18th of April, the guide to maintaining Roadworthiness was updated by DVSA.
Providing advice on different types of inspections, the inspection intervals and essential reviews.
This guide has been produced in collaboration with key industry stakeholders, to explain the responsibilities and systems involved in maintaining vehicles in a roadworthy condition, regardless of operating conditions, fleet size or vehicle type.
The systems explained within the guide are useful for operators, drivers and all those who are responsible for operating, maintaining or providing commercial goods and passenger carrying vehicles.
These principles could equally apply to light goods and passenger carrying vehicles.
It was discovered that some operators were getting confused about what checks to carry out during the first use inspection and about how often a driver walk around check should be carried out. This has now been further clarified to include a definition for each type of inspection and check. There has also been an intermediate safety check advice added for the times wear on components should be checked.
Light goods vehicles
From May 21st 2022, is the use of light goods vehicles is required for hire or reward into or though the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you will need a standard international Operators Licence.
Towing another company’s trailer
If you wish to tow another company’s trailer, additional advice has been added to help. This includes requirements around trailer authorization on the operator licences, who is responsible for maintenance, including safety inspections as well as having access to the trailer documents.
Remember, as the operator, you are responsible for the condition of the trailer when it is coupled to your vehicle and you could receive a prohibitions, fixed penalty or points if the trailer is found to be unroadworthy.
From April 2025, laden roller brake tests or electronic brake performance monitoring systems will, with some exceptions, be the only accepted methods for brake testing.
To prepare for this change, it is strongly advices that a laden roller brake test is carried out at every safety inspection. The guide has now been updated to include more detail of how to use EBPMS and has more advice of brake testing.
A brake performance assessment can be carried out no more than 7 days before the safety inspection date.
Advanced Driver Assurance Systems
As more vehicles have ADAS fitted, there has been a new section added to the guide, which covered the need to recalibrate systems if the windscreens are replaced and making sure drivers are familiar with the different types of ADAS fitted across the fleet.
For more information and the full guide, please find here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1151262/guide-to-maintaining-roadworthiness-commercial-goods-and-public-service-vehicles.pdf