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How compliant is Britain's fleet?

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Each year, DVSA conducts fleet compliance checks to determine the roadworthiness and traffic compliance of lorries and trailers, and the traffic compliance of coaches.

The Department for Transport commissions this report, which is produced by their in-house analytical consultancy (IHAC) team and scrutinised and approved by the Department for Transport.

Although overall results show a downward trend in prohibitions and serious offences, the most common vehicle defects we prohibit for are brake systems and components. You can read more about how to remedy the problems we most often see, in our Braking Point article.

During traffic checks, the two most common offences are around tachographs and drivers hours. You can find out more about these rules on GOV.UK.

Read this year's Fleet Compliance Check summary page and reports on GOV.UK.


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  1. Comment by dave etchells posted on

    based on my limited experience the past few weeks with an agency, compliance is appalling. Every vehicle I have used has had some minor fault or another that DVSA could and would potentially fine a driver for. Yet as an agency driver I have the choice of refuse to drive and get no pay or gamble and hope DVSA do not pull me over. You are not doing your job. You should be parking outside some small operators yards and pulling all the drivers as they leave and then come down hard on the operator for allowing the drivers to use vehicles that are in a poor state of repair and maintenance. My experience has been a shrug of the shoulders from transport managers and throwing the ball back at the driver knowing full well the decision is to take the vehicle off the road and get no pay or take the risk. You know as well as I do what the decision will be in the majority of cases. Contact me if you wish to get more details.