Police inspecting a vehicle with minor defects may use the Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme, or VDRS.

VDRS

Did you know that if the police find a fault on your car they can offer you VDRS, a.k.a. the Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme? This will give you the opportunity to get your car fixed and avoid getting penalty points on your driving licence.

What is VDRS?

The Police can prosecute drivers for using a defective vehicle on the road. The Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme (VDRS) is sometimes offered to offenders to ensure that vehicle faults are fixed whilst avoiding prosecution of the driver. (Police use of the VDRS is voluntary.)

The VDRS is only used if the vehicle defect is a minor one – such as a damaged light lens, a worn tyre, or an illegal number plate. However, if the vehicle has a major defect, such as defective brakes, this is a serious offence and would be dealt with by a Fixed Penalty Notice or even prosecution.

How does VDRS work?

If you are given the opportunity of VDRS, you will normally be required to get any defect notified to you by the Police fixed, and provide suitable evidence to the Police within 14 days that you have done so.

If you fail to do so, you will face the prospect of prosecution, points on your licence and a fine.

After fixing the fault on your car, you will need to take the vehicle to an MOT test station to obtain official verification that any defects noted by the Police have been fixed.

Keep your car in roadworthy condition to avoid prosecution

As a driver it is your responsibility to ensure that any vehicle you are driving is maintained in a roadworthy condition.

An MOT certificate is not sufficient to rely on. The MOT test is only a check of the vehicle’s condition at the time of the test and does not guarantee that the vehicle will remain defect-free and roadworthy until the next test.

It is no defence to claim that you were unaware of a particular defect either. You should carry out regular safety checks and are expected to make sure that any vehicle you drive is in a safe and roadworthy condition before you drive.

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