Roadside Compliance

The Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) is responsible for enforcing a wide range of legislation relating to 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 comply with these requirements in respect of:

  • vehicle weights - to ensure that vehicles comply with legal weight limits
  • vehicle roadworthiness - to ensure they comply with Construction & 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 Digital tachograph vehicle unit installed.

They also have the authority to issue fixed penalties for a range of other offences in relation to 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 ensure they comply with the requirements of the licensing system
  • enforcement of driver licensing and insurance requirements - it is a legal requirement to ensure that your driving licence and motor insurance are up to date and enable 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:

  • ensuring the proper driving licence is carried
  • general mechanical issues
  • seat belts
  • taxi plates
  • roof signs
  • ensuring tachographs for buses comply with 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 ensure that:

  • adequate marking of vehicle or load is clearly visible
  • the correct procedures have been adhered to

For further information please 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:

All information will be treated as strictly confidential.

More useful links

Share this page


Would you like to leave feedback about this page? Send us your feedback