How vehicle defects are categorised in roadside checks and vehicle tests

Updated PSV inspection Manual
11th January 2021

How vehicle defects found during roadside inspections or vehicle tests are categorised and what action will be taken when they’re found.

The New Catergorisation of defect guide comes into force from 1st February 2021


This guide tells you what actions Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) examiners and authorised constables can take when they find roadworthiness defects during:

  • roadside vehicle inspections
  • annual tests (MOTs)

You can use it to find out more about DVSA’s inspection standards and possible defects.

Download your copy below

Catergorisation of vehicle defects guide (Feb 2021)

Catergorisation of vehicle defects guide changes from 1February 2021)

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