Latest figures have indicated that compliance with Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) regulations in Northern Ireland have continued to improve over the last year.
In Northern Ireland, the DVA conducted 640 random roadside checks to goods vehicles over 3.5 tonne GVW in 2013-2014, of which just 20 per cent were found to be non-compliant with DVA standards. The results represent an improvement on recent years, with non-compliance in 2007 reaching 50.8 per cent. The rate recorded last year was 22.7 per cent.
Some of the most common offenses include mechanical defects related to lights, signals and brakes. A significant source of non compliance also comes due to vehicles running overweight.
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