The Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) is responsible for enforcing a wide range of legislation about goods vehicles, buses, taxis, private cars and agricultural vehicles. Enforcement officers are employed to carry out checks on vehicles.
Key areas of enforcement officers' work
Enforcement officers' work involves enforcing compliance requirements and they can issue fixed penalties for failure to meet these requirements for:
- driver hours - to make sure drivers meet retained EU and domestic driving rules
- vehicle weights - to make sure that vehicles meet legal weight limits
- vehicle roadworthiness - to make sure they meet Construction and Use requirements
- clean air (emissions) - enforcement officers check vehicles for clean air (emissions) at the roadside
Enforcement officers have the powers to check tachograph records when they carry out a roadside check, they also have the authority to immobilise the vehicle if the rules on tachograph and drivers’ hours have been broken. Drivers are required by law to have a tachograph vehicle unit installed.
They also have the authority to issue fixed penalties for a range of other offences about goods and passenger vehicle operator licensing. Vehicle prohibitions, driver’s CPC, driver’s records, taxi offences and the enforcement of vehicle excise duty are a few to mention. Every vehicle registered in Northern Ireland (NI) must be taxed if used or kept on a public road.
Other areas of their work include:
- investigating complaints about suspected illegal use of vehicles
- providing advice about enforcement requirements
- assessing operators' premises to make sure they meet the requirements of the licensing system
- enforcement of driver licensing and insurance requirements - it is a legal requirement to make sure that your driving licence and motor insurance are up-to-date and allow you to drive all vehicles
Enforcement of Public Service Vehicle (Bus and Taxi) Regulations
The checking of buses and taxis under the Public Service Vehicle (Bus and Taxi) Regulations is completed at the roadside. The checks include:
- making sure the proper driving licence is carried
- general mechanical issues
- seat belts
- taxi plates
- roof signs
- making sure tachographs for buses meet retained EU driver hours
Enforcement of special types vehicles (abnormal loads)
If a special types vehicle or abnormal load is stopped by an enforcement officer checks may be carried out to make sure that:
- adequate marking of vehicle or load is clearly visible
- the right procedures have been adhered to
For further information see the link below:
Contact DVA Enforcement
Illegal and non-compliant Goods Vehicles, Buses, Taxis, Operators and Drivers present a serious risk to other road users and undermine fair competition.
If you have information which would assist in the detection of non-compliant goods vehicles, buses, taxis, operators and drivers, you can contact the DVA enforcement team via email or telephone:
- taxis and buses: 028 9025 4120
- goods vehicles: 028 9025 4101
All information will be treated as strictly confidential.