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There are a number of reasons why DVSA traffic or vehicle examiners may carry out an investigation. Maybe you have accumulated a poor compliance history or multiple convictions, perhaps maintenance or tachograph issues have been detected at roadside checks, or a ‘whistle blower' report has been received from a member of the public, employee or ex-employee. 

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Whatever the reason, the DVSA has the power to arrive unannounced and carry out vehicle examinations, scrutinise maintenance and driver daily defect reports and request the production of drivers' hours records, time sheets, fuel receipts and clocking in/out records. If any compliance issues are identified, the licence holder and transport manager will probably be called to a Public Inquiry. 

If you receive notice of an investigation, you should immediately review your compliance systems to ensure they meet industry best practice standards. 

With decades of expertise to call on, our specialist team has the experience to know what the DVSA and the traffic commissioners expect, and can advise you on establishing and implementing appropriate systems where necessary. 

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Tim Culpin

Tim Culpin

Transport Consultant


Tim has advised on all aspects of regulatory law and compliance management systems, with a particular speciality in road transport law.