It is an offence to use an unroadworthy vehicle on the road and the DVSA is responsible for enforcing the law. It is actively involved in HGV and trailer testing and employing examiners who conduct yearly roadworthiness tests, hold roadside spot checks and inspect operatorsâ€™ own maintenance records. The traffic commissioners may take into account the number of annual test failures and roadside prohibitions incurred when an operator applies for an O-licence variation.
Which laws apply?
Both HGV and MoT testing are covered by the Road Traffic Act 1988. Goods vehicles that require an annual test include:- vehicles over 3,500kg gross weight - all motor vehicles which form part of an articulated vehicle - semi-trailers - converter dollies - trailers with an unladen weight over 1,020kg
MoT test records
Records of test results are now held on a secure central database and all MoT testing stations are connected to this. When your vehicle is tested at one of these computerised testing stations your test record will be entered onto this new database and an A4-size certificate issued. The law is quite clear that responsibility for the roadworthiness of vehicles and trailers lies with the operator. This remains the case even when maintenance is contracted out to a third party and for leased or hired vehicles and trailers.
Do you receive top quality service?
As a Vehicle operator's licence holder You must keep your vehicles roadworthy and if you do not do the maintenance yourself the Traffic Commissioner will want to see a written agreement with the maintenance provider that looks after your fleet. We do understand your needs and risk taken. Every single vehicle is treated at the same, highest level as well maintaned fleet is safe, cost effective and no risk to your licence. If you're based in Kettering, Corby or Wellingborough area, contact us to compare your current contract to our offer.