DVSA / VOSA Stops and Inspections.
DVSA (VOSA) Examiners have the power to:
- Inspect vehicles;
- Stop vehicles on the public highway and, in certain circumstances enter vehicles and premises;
- Prohibit the use of vehicles;
- Inspect Operating Centres;
- Prohibit further movement of vehicles where the driver has infringed tachograph and drives’ hours regulations;
- Investigate an operator’s service and maintenance systems and record- keeping;
- Require the production of documents and records;
- Investigate potential breaches of regulations; and
- Initiate, conduct and appear in proceedings at a magistrates’ court.
Enforcement action can and often does impact on your Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS score). Amber scores can lead to a call-in to Public Inquiry: red score will usually lead to a call-in to Public Inquiry. Criminal proceedings may also follow from a stop or visit by the DVSA. It is essential that immediate advice and assistance is obtained to enable you to manage any DVSA enforcement action and your response. Your licence and livelihood may depend on it.