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Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme (VDRS) Procedure

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North Yorkshire Police (NYP) is committed to promoting road safety and the safety of all road users.   An essential part of road safety is ensuring that vehicles are maintained in a roadworthy condition, safe for the purpose for their use.

The Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme (VDRS) is intended to promote road safety and improve the standard of motor vehicles travelling on the county’s roads. The advantages of the scheme are:

  • the defect is rectified and does not pose a further threat
  • the motorist is given an opportunity to avoid prosecution and a financial penalty
  • officers spend less time on prosecution files for motoring offences
  • relations between the police and motoring public will be maintained and/or improved

The VDRS applies to only certain classes of vehicle, namely:

  • motor cars
  • motorcycles and mopeds
  • small goods vehicles not exceeding 3.5 tonnes relevant plated weight or 1525 kgs unladen weight
  • any trailer (including caravan) being lawfully towed by the above vehicles

All police officers are encouraged to promote and maximise the use of VDRS for dealing with a range of predominantly construction and use and vehicle lighting offences shown in the current lists of endorsable and non-endorsable fixed penalty offences unless the defect(s) show a serious disregard for the safety of road users.

VDRS can only be applied to vehicles that can be tested or checked at a Ministry of Transport (MOT) testing station for light vehicles.  Larger commercial and many other vehicles are not eligible to be included in the scheme, due to being tested at goods vehicle testing stations.  It is important that only defects to vehicles and vehicle components that are subject to vehicle testing regulations are included within the VDRS process.

Since the introduction of computerised MOT test certificates, the Department for Transport has not issued or renewed embossed stamps to MOT testing stations.  Some MOT testing stations will not therefore have the facility to stamp VDRS notices with an embossed stamp.  If this is the case drivers should be advised to obtain a suitable authority from the MOT testing station involved. The authority is to be produced on headed paper with the name, address and telephone number of the testing station, and the name of the authorising person.

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