DVSA warning to hundreds of drivers they could face £300 fines

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Motorists are being warned they could face fines of £300 after vehicle checks showed hundreds of people driving defective vehicles. Checks by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency found one in 10 vehicles has a major safety defect.

The DVSA figures showed hundreds of vehicles failing safety checks ranging from gear and engine problems through to brakes and suspension. And one in 10 of the vehicles in the targeted checks, which included HGVs, public service vehicles, cars and other vehicles, had one or more defect. The issues often make the vehicles unsafe to drive, say the Agency.

Examiners also looked at 2,540 vehicles for traffic offences. It was found more than one in five - 547 - had committed a serious offence. This could see some motorists being fined £300 fines as a result of the offences or having points added to their licence or both.

A spokesman said: "DVSA checks are normally targeted, both on the locations where offenders are most likely to be found and on the vehicles thought most likely to be offending. Therefore, figures emerging from normal DVSA checks do not necessarily provide a picture of traffic offences and roadworthiness defects that is representative of the fleet as a whole.

“A fleet compliance check, using random locations and vehicles, is needed to obtain unbiased data. There are four potential measures for compliance with regulations and roadworthiness.

"They are the proportion of operators committing offences, the fleet in which offences were found, journeys made by vehicles which are committing offences and miles travelled by vehicles where offences are being committed.”

The figures came from research backed by the Department of Transport. A DVSA said: “The main reasons why this survey is funded by the DfT and carried out by DVSA are to determine trends in non-compliance with regulations and roadworthiness in order to gauge the effects of changes in legislation and the effectiveness of DVSA’s day-to-day targeted operations.

“It is also to provide information to help identify potential areas for targeting, so that DVSA’s work can be more focused and compare differences in condition and compliance between Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and non-Great Britain vehicles.”