DVSA updates guidance and enforcement documents in run-up to old tyre ban

In December, DVSA announced that tyres aged over 10 years will be banned on the front axles of lorries, buses, coaches and all single wheels of minibuses (9 to 16 passenger seats).

The law comes into effect on 1 February 2021.

In preparation for the change, it has now updated the HGV Inspection Manual ( and PSV Inspection Manual ( Section 8 describes how procedures and standards will change. The manuals also give guidance on tyre age markings and set out the deficiency categories for these items at annual test, it says.

It has also published revised guidance on the categorisation of vehicle defects in roadside checks ( This is said to include not only the new tyre rules but also additional notes on dash mounted tables, laptops, tablets and mobile phones have been added to issues affecting the view of the road, along with other updates on brakes, suspension and lamps.

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