New HGV inspection guidelines and updated categorisation of defects in force from 1 May

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New HGV and PSV inspection guidelines are going to be in force in the UK from 1 May 2022. The DVSA has also published the latest guidance on categorising vehicle defects at roadside checks. Among others, load security problems, for example, have been revised.

New HGV inspection guidelines and updated categorisation of defects in force from 1 May
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From 1 May, new guidance will be in place regarding HGV and PSV inspections. The changes were covered by the RHA in a heads-up it gave to its members recently.

Click HERE to download the HGV inspections manual. To find what has changed, look at the 2nd and 3rd pages of the document.

RHA, however, calls for more attention to the revised guidance on the categorisation of defects, which also changes from the beginning of May.

According to the association, the document has been updated to include new items, notes and amendments in parts 1 and 2 of the manual. There are significant updates to the load security sections, which includes removing the reference to the load security matrix.

Other updates include vehicles missing an obligatory seat belt, electronic stability control (ESC), suspension joints and overrun brakes.

Click HERE to download the revised categorisation of defects document.

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