J. Vehicle Prohibitions


1 Prohibitions General

2 Role of the VTS

J1 Prohibitions General

1. DVSA's Examiners and specially authorised Police Officers have the power to issue prohibition notices (PG9) to prevent use on public roads of any vehicle found to be defective. In serious cases the prohibition has immediate effect, but in less serious cases, its effective date may be delayed for up to ten days.

2. If a prohibition notice is issued to a vehicle of a class which requires a test certificate, or which would normally only require a test certificate if it was older, that notice can be lifted only through the following procedure:

a. the defect or defects noted on the prohibition notice must be remedied - as must any other defects that would prevent the vehicle from passing an MOT test;

b. the vehicle must be submitted for and pass a normal MOT test which has to be carried out by a suitable VTS in the normal way and have a test certificate issued;

c. the test certificate must be presented at any Police station together with the PG9;

d. the Police will issue a clearance notice (PG10) removing the prohibition;

e. if the PG9 was issued by a DVSA Examiner, the vehicle owner or operator must notify DVSA's

J2 Role of the VTS

1. It is an offence to move a prohibited vehicle on a public road except in limited and clearly defined circumstances that are listed in the notes on the prohibition notice. Where asked to carry out a test on a vehicle that has a prohibition notice in force, it is essential - to protect the vehicle owner and driver from prosecution - that a firm appointment with the VTS is made and recorded. To protect the AE and his staff from prosecution, the AE must ensure that, while the vehicle is in the custody of the VTS, it is not driven on the road unless such driving is considered necessary for:

a. test runs following repairs or rectification, within 3 miles of the place of repair;


b. conducting the MOT test itself.

2. A prohibited vehicle submitted for test must be treated in all aspects as a normal MOT, concluding with the issue of the appropriate documentation. However, if you are asked to rectify the defects as well this should not be done during the test.