DVSA has published its first Market Surveillance Unit (MSU) report on vehicle and component testing.

The MSU inspects vehicles, trailers, parts, and equipment to make sure they are safe for people to buy and use. It also checks that they meet current and relevant environmental standards.

Vehicle and component testing
The report looks at their vehicle and component testing programme in a number of areas, including:

tyre labelling and part-worn tyres
brake pads
advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS)
exhausts and silencers including modification systems
certificates of conformity

Taking action
When DVSA finds evidence of unsafe or illegal vehicles, products or parts it can:

offer advice and guidance
issue warnings
issue recall notices
issue fines (called civil penalties)
report the individual or business for consideration of prosecution
The report provides details of the action taken in 2023, including advising and reminding 37 tyre suppliers of their obligations and issuing 2 suppliers with civil penalty compliance notices.

Read the Market Surveillance Unit vehicle and component testing programme report.

Individual Vehicle Approval: Inspection Manual: Trailers – GOV.UK