DVSA Offences (Ministry of Transport)


DVSA is responsible for:-

  • Carrying out roadside spot-checks for commercial and other vehicles
  • Safety and environmental standards
  • Monitoring overloaded vehicles
  • Monitoring Drivers’ hours
  • Operator licensing
  • Vehicle licensing
  • Vocational driver’s licences.
  • LGV entitlement hearings

Levy & Co. Solicitors are experienced in all aspects of such regulatory work and can offer a competitive fixed fee rate for your defence ensuring transparency and peace of mind.

For advice on DVSA and their powers or assistance with a DVSA prosecution or at an Operator Licensing Public Inquiry call now and speak to one of our solicitors.

What powers do DVSA officers have?

DVSA enforcement support officers can issue Fixed Penalty Notices to drivers at the roadside in respect of drivers’ hours and overloading offences. Checks are made at the roadside in respect of drivers’ hours (tachograph offences). Weighbridges are permanent sites where your vehicle can be taken for weighing.

I have been stopped for not having an MOT. What powers are available to the person stopping me?

An authorised examiner can make a test of a motor vehicle at the roadside, which can include a Police Constable or a Traffic Warden. Your vehicle may be required to be taken to a test centre of no more than five miles away. They can also conduct interviews at the roadside, but they must be in the correct format. It is an offence to obstruct a DVSA examiner, police officer or traffic warden carrying out a test.

What punishments can I receive?

DVSA impose Fixed Penalty Notices and also regularly prosecute drivers and operators. Matters can also get reported to the Traffic Commissioners and a Public Inquiry may be called at which regulatory action may be taken against an Operator’s Licence. A driver may also be called to an LGV entitlement hearing. Representation

At Levy & Co Solicitors, we have a lot of experience in dealing with all manner of cases: Our areas of expertise are: Police Station Visits, Criminal Law, Football Offences, Dangerous Dogs, Motoring Offences, Coroners Inquests, Military Law, Family Law, and Mental Health cases. We can also assist you with getting Private and Public Funding. We have worked with clients all over the UK and abroad and have offices in Witham, Clacton-On-Sea, Braintree and South Benfleet. We always endeavour to act with compassion and no judgement ensuring you are treated with humility and understanding, no matter what charges you may face. 


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