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As a professional driver the rules and regulations that you are governed by differ greatly to that of a normal motorist i.e. car, van or motorcyclist, Large Goods Vehicles (LGV) and Passenger Service Vehicles (PSV) are heavily regulated

DVLA (Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency)

DVLA is an organisation of the the UK Government responsible for maintaining a database of drivers and a database of vehicles in Great Britain. The Agency Issues Driving Licences, organises collection of vehicle excise duty (road tax) and sells private number plates

The DVLA is also incorrectly assumed to endorse driving licences with penalty points. However, the DVLA has no legal power to convict a motorist of a driving offence. If the licence is surrendered to the police for an endorsable offence, the licence is sent to the magistrates' court (England and Wales) in the county the offence was committed in, endorsed, and returned to the driver;

DVLA's database is updated electronically by the magistrates' court and will only request the licence if the driver has failed to produce it to the magistrates, either through the police, a fixed penalty ticket, or summons

VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency)

VOSA Enforcement Officers can stop any vehicle, for checks on vehicle and driver compliance without the need for police support, they will use an appointed stopping officer who must:


  • be a suitable person to exercise the powers of a stopping officer
  • be capable of effectively exercising their powers
  • have received adequate training for the exercise of their powers
  • Officers must be in uniform to stop vehicles
  • Impersonating or obstructing stopping officers is an offence


VOSA enforcement officers role is to:

  • To improve road safety and the environment and safeguard fair competition by promoting and enforcing compliance with commercial operator licensing requirements
  • Processing applications for licences to operate lorries and buses
    Registering bus services
  • Operating and administering testing schemes for all vehicles, including the supervision of the MOT Testing Scheme
  • Enforcing the law on vehicles to ensure that they comply with legal standards and regulations;
  • Enforcing drivers' hours and licensing requirements
  • Providing training and advice for commercial operators
  • Investigating vehicle accidents, defects and recalls

At some point during your professional driving career you will probably be stopped by a VOSA Officer it is in your best interests to be fully compliant with the officer

Not stopping when asked to by a uniformed officer is an offence. The incident will be officially recorded and you’ll be interviewed later on

You may then face court action or be reported to the Traffic Commissioner, who may remove or suspend your operator’s licence

It is in your best interests as a professional driver that you ensure that you undertake your daily vehicle checks, it is your responsibility to make sure the vehicle is roadworthy

Driver responsibilities

You must ensure your vehicle is safe to drive before setting off on a journey. You should carry out a walkaround check of the vehicle before your journey and check the:

  • lights
  • tyres
  • wheel fixings
  • bodywork
  • trailer coupling

You’re also responsible for reporting any defects in writing to whoever’s in charge of sorting out vehicle defects in your organisation. Reports should include the:


  • vehicle registration or identification mark
  • date of inspection
  • details of the defects
  • name of the person reporting the defects

Further information can be found directly on the GOV.UK website

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