DVSA is calling on operators to read its updated Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness, which includes a range of new information on how operators must ensure their fleets are fit for the road.

The newly updated guide, published today (19 April) provides the industry with best practice advice on operator and driver responsibilities to help make sure their vehicles are safe to be on the road and has been updated in partnership with the Traffic Commissioners and trade associations.

New advice in this latest version of the guide includes the introduction of Light Goods Vehicles operator licencing for international use; updated advice on towing another company’s trailer and non-UK registered trailers; the introduction of declaration from the repairer confirming that the vehicle is roadworthy if the safety inspection report is not immediately available; and the introduction of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

The guide also covers a wide range of subjects, from tyre management to daily walkaround checks, as well as legal requirements and gives advice on matters such as technical assistance and training.

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It also explains the responsibilities and systems involved in maintaining vehicles in a roadworthy condition, regardless of operating conditions, fleet size or vehicle type.

Operators and drivers are responsible for making sure their vehicles are roadworthy and operators are advised to circulate this information to all relevant employees.

Neil Barlow, DVSA head of vehicle policy and engineering, said: “While essential for people and goods to move around, buses and lorries can pose a risk to road users if not properly maintained.

“That’s why I am urging all operators and drivers to familiarise themselves with the updated Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness.

“Keeping to regular maintenance schedules will minimise the possibility of breakdowns, collisions and incidents making the roads safer places for everyone.”