Ensuring that your vehicle is MOT compliant and properly maintained will greatly contribute to improving road safety. During 2004 some 148 people died on Northern Irelands roads; statistically 6 of these deaths may have been attributable to vehicle defects.
Yes, in an effort to detect and reduce non-compliance caused by unroadworthy vehicles the Agency has recently stepped up the number of roadside vehicle checks its enforcement officer's carryout. Results from recent checks revealed that 33% of vehicles inspected had at least one defect.
A defect notice (Form VT5) is a legal document issued by a Vehicle Examiner, which lists any defects identified on your vehicle at the time it was inspected. The document requires you to have the listed defects remedied, and the vehicle presented for inspection at a DVA Vehicle Testing Centre within 14 days for further inspection. This will necessitate booking a special test appointment and paying the appropriate fee.
A Vehicle Examiner issues a prohibition notice (Form V1/V2) when the severity of one or more defects discovered on a vehicle is considered to be a significant road safety concern. You must comply immediately with all specified conditions set out on the notice regarding continued use of your vehicle and the rectification of any stated defects.
It is an offence to fail to comply with the requirements of these documents for which you may be liable to prosecution. Continued use of your vehicle is also likely to place you and other road users at risk
An MOT Vehicle Test Certificate does not mean that your vehicle is roadworthy for a year. Studies have shown that most vehicles develop defects shortly after an MOT Test Certificate is issued. By carrying out roadside vehicle checks, DVA are seeking to encourage vehicle owners to carry out regular maintenance on their vehicles to ensure that they are roadworthy every time they are used on the road.