Maintenance visit criteria is changing – DVSA04 September 2020

DVSA inspectors carrying out maintenance investigation visits at HGV and PSV operators’ premises will be checking some new areas, DVSA reports. They include assessments of managing exhaust emissions, wheels and tyres, safety recalls and vehicle security.

As a result, the Maintenance Investigation Visit Reports (MIVR) have been updated to reflect this. These reports can be given to the Traffic Commissioners if the operator’s systems or facilities are not good enough. Operators will always receive a copy of these reports and along with other feedback to help them improve if necessary.

DVSA recommends that operators read about the changes to stay compliant, via the link pasted below.

The maintenance investigation visit report (MIVR) consists of 14 sections:

  • Operator legal entity
  • Condition of vehicles examined at the fleet check
  • Operating centre
  • Inspection and maintenance records
  • Driver defect reporting
  • Maintenance facilities and arrangements
  • Vehicle emissions
  • Wheel and tyre management
  • Public service vehicle accessibility regulations (PSVAR)
  • Prohibition assessment
  • Security requirements
  • Previous reported shortcomings, conditions and undertakings
  • Transport manager/responsible person
  • Request for explanation response (where applicable).

There is a maximum of four assessment outcomes for a question section:

  • satisfactory - no action required by the operator
  • mostly satisfactory - advice is given to the operator
  • unsatisfactory - operator action and explanation required
  • report to OTC - operator action and explanation required

William Dalrymple

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