Your vehicle must be covered by an insurance policy and have a valid vehicle licence displayed on the left-hand side of the windscreen.

You must keep your vehicle in good working order. Follow the advice in your vehicle owner's handbook on regular servicing and vehicle checks.

Make sure your vehicle doors and door latches are properly maintained in good working condition.

Check steering and brakes, including the hand brake.

Make sure windows, number plates and reflectors are clean.


You must make sure all your lamps work and are clean. You must make sure your headlamps are properly adjusted. Badly adjusted headlamps can dazzle.

Check windscreen wipers and washers, warning lights and instruments.

Replace tyres before they become badly worn and never use a combination of cross-ply and radial-ply tyres. Ensure that your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure. The required minimum depth of tread is 1 mm throughout at least three quarters of the breadth of the tread.

Make sure your seat belts are properly maintained and adjusted.

You must ensure that any loads carried or towed are secure and they do not obstruct your vision.

You must not start or run your engine with the fuel tank cover removed.