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May 02 2018
By Mel Holley

A former routeone editor, Mel has more than 30 years’ experience in road and rail transport journalism.

Be proactive and know your own
vehicles, says Lead TCs

Operators are being urged to download and read two updated guides, that are crucial to the continuation of their O-Licence.

The DVSA Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness has been revised and reissued, as has the PSV Inspection Manual. The latter comes into effect on 20 May when the EU Roadworthiness Directive (2014/45) is introduced, and is for “everyone who takes part in PSV examinations and maintenance.”

The revised ‘Roadworthiness guide is substantially improved with a new layout and ‘key information’ sections.

A major change is that the guide no longer features the graph of mileage v inspection frequency (although parts of the text have not ben changed and still refer to the graph.

Lead Traffic Commissioners for Enforcement Sarah Bell and Kevin Rooney say: “We strongly encourage you to take a proactive, evidence-based approach to setting inspection frequencies.

“You know your vehicles and your operations better than anyone.

“Six-weekly is a good starting point for many operators, but this should be regularly reviewed based on the results of inspections and the performance of your vehicles.

“Listening to operators, we learned that some of you felt that the graph was too rigid and didn’t encourage basing intervals on the reality of operations.”

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