What are the purposes of the vehicle inspection manual?

Everyone involved in the practical task of vehicle inspection and maintenance will benefit from this guidebook, which explains:

  • Specific requirements are applied.
  • The methods and standards that will be implemented.
  • The shortfalls.
  • The classification of deficiencies.

The manual is not intended to be a legal interpretation of the Rules, nor does it necessarily establish criteria for rejection in other areas.

Vehicle inspection Manual Layout

Each vehicle inspection manual item’s page layout includes an Application section, which will contain the implement measures. Following that will be the Procedures and Standards section, which will include any procedures related to the section as well as any pertinent notes regarding the standards to be applied. The Impairment and Deficiency Categories columns will take up the remainder of the page.

Procedures The procedures outlined here are based on the assumption that only portions of a vehicle that can be seen without disassembling will be evaluated. Where it is not possible to examine safety-critical equipment otherwise, it may be required to ask the driver to replace wheel embellishers or panels.

For the test, vehicle combinations will not generally be separated, though airlines will need to be disconnected and reconnected when directed.

Minimum requirements

It is important to note that these are minimally acceptable levels that do not preclude future deterioration.

Categorization of Deficiencies

Deficiencies discovered during the exam must be classified into one of the following categories:

Minor – noncompliances that have no significant influence on the vehicle/safety trailer’s or the surroundings, as well as other minor infractions. A test certificate will still be granted if only minor flaws are found.

Major – flaws that jeopardize the vehicle/safety, trailers have an effect on the environment, endanger other road users, or result in other more serious non-compliances.

Dangerous – flaws that pose a direct and immediate threat to road safety or chances of have an environmental impact.

Scope of vehicle inspection manual

This vehicle inspection manual’s examinations do not cover all of the criteria of the Road Vehicles Rules and regulations of the Road Vehicle Lighting Rules.

Vehicles with dual controls would be evaluated in the same way as primary controls are, with the exception that there will be no separate braking performance evaluation.

Safety and Health

Drivers submitting vehicles for inspection must adhere to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s directions. While vehicles are being tested, radios and cellphones must be turned off.