Motorists risk £300 fines as DVSA vehicle checks uncover widespread defects

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Motorists are being issued a warning that they could be hit with fines of up to £300 after DVSA inspections found hundreds driving defective vehicles.

A shocking one in ten vehicles was found to have serious safety faults according to figures by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. These issues often rendered the vehicles unsafe to drive, say the Authority's officials.

The concerning findings uncovered that problems ranged from gear and engine issues to faulty brakes and suspensions. Interestingly, one in every ten vehicles from the targeted scrutiny, which covered a range including HGVs, public service vehicles and cars, was found with at least one defect.

A separate analysis of 2,540 vehicles for traffic offences led to an alarming discovery - over one in five (547) vehicles were caught out for a significant violation. Such violations could result in motorists facing hefty penalties of up to £300, or even points on their licences, or both.

A DVSA spokesperson explained: "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.", reports Surrey Live.

Adding further, he said, "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 statistics were procured from a research project endorsed by the Department of Transport. An official representative from DVSA noted: "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."