DVSA took the opportunity to launch its new revised edition of the Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness. The guide is no longer available in hard copy, but can be accessed at:
The main updates are
- Safety inspection intervals. The previous annex A of the guide has been removed. This has been replaced with case studies to encourage operators to evaluate their own safety requirements when considering inspection intervals
- Safety Inspection Records. The example inspection report has been updated to include brake temperatures and an amended report sign off
- Safety Inspection and Repair Facilities. This section has been amended, putting the onus on operators to ensure that both in-house and external inspection facilities are fit for purpose and sufficient for the job. There is a recommendation that both workshops and technicians are able to demonstrate competence.
- Tyre Management. Tyre defects are amongst the most common when issuing prohibitions. The Guide gives further information with regard to tyre management
- Brake Testing. The Guide has more information with regard to brake testing. It is strongly recommended that laden roller brake testing to be carried out at every inspection. The guide however includes information on Electronic Braking Performance Monitoring Systems (EBPMS). If road testing is being used to assess brakes, the Guide recommends that b rake temperature readings are recorded on the inspection sheet
- Drivers’ Daily Defect Report. This report has been updated to include vehicle height checks and Adblue system checks. An example is given in Annex 3B. The Guide details the legal responsibilities of drivers
- Third party traction. The Guide clarifies the duties of the operator and vehicle owner with regard to third party traction
- Emissions and Air Quality. There is a new section on exhaust emissions. This stresses the importance of correct maintenance of vehicle emission control systems.
- Using IT systems for vehicle maintenance. Other guides have now been incorporated into the Guide for Roadworthiness
It is strongly suggested that operators take the time to familiarise themselves with the new Guide