DVSA Investigations and Prosecutions

At Rotheras, our transport and regulatory lawyers have years of experience representing transport businesses and individuals undergoing regulatory investigation and prosecution by the DVSA. We are one of the few leading law firms that specialise in this niche area of law.

We provide a truly nationwide service, with clients including:

  • Goods vehicle (HGV) and passenger transport (PSV) operator licence holders
  • Standard national, standard international, and restricted operator licence holders
  • Company directors
  • Transport managers
  • Professional drivers

We will work closely with you and your businesses at every stage of a DVSA investigation, including:

We offer free initial consultations and fixed fees. Call us today on 0115 9106218 or email transportlaw@rotheras.co.uk

Our approach

Undergoing a DVSA regulatory or criminal investigation can be an extremely stressful process. In many cases it can bring to light compliance failings of which the directors of the business were wholly unaware. Fast, effective action at an early stage can have a significant positive impact on the outcome.

Our transport solicitors will work closely with you to help navigate the road transport and operator licensing regulatory regime. We understand the damaging impact a Traffic Commissioner Public Inquiry or a criminal prosecution can have on your business, your reputation and your livelihood.

Offences and infringements

Common offences and infringements that can arise from DVSA investigations include:

  • Drivers’ hours and tachograph offences
  • Vehicle maintenance failings and PG9s
  • Failing to keep proper records
  • Operating from an unauthorised operating centre
  • Changing maintenance provider without informing the Traffic Commissioner
  • Overloading or insecure load offences

Legal representation at every stage of the investigation

Our road transport lawyers will work closely with you throughout every stage of the investigatory process to get the best outcome possible. The typical stages of a DVSA investigation are:

Early Investigation

At the early DVSA investigation stage we will:

  • Liaise directly with the DVSA Traffic or Vehicle Examiner to seek further information about the investigation and to try resolve issues
  • Represent you during any interview under caution and seek prior information about the questions that will be asked
  • Identify any compliance failings with your business and help you to rectify them going forward

Traffic Commissioner Public Inquiries

If compliance failings or offences come to light as a result of the investigation, the matter will usually be referred up to the Traffic Commissioner for a Public Inquiry. We will:

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Anton Balkitis
Head of Transport Law

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Posted January 27, 2020

This was my first experience using a solicitor, something I felt quite daunted about. Rothera Sharp (Greg and Petra) put me at ease and were very helpful.

Mollie Fish

Posted January 27, 2020

Last year I experienced a car accident, as a front seat passenger. I put forward a personal injury claim with Rothera Sharp. From start to finish, my claim has been dealt with efficiently and professionally, and I have always felt my best interests were considered. All communications were made via letter or email to inform me of all further updates. My claim has now come to an end and I am very happy with the overall outcome. I would recommend Rothera Sharp for their service.

Samya Green

Posted February 4, 2020

We cannot recommend Chris Powell of Rothera Sharp more highly. Mr Powell demonstrated the upmost professionalism with a high level of knowledge of the area for which he was representing us. Anyone needing representation/advice regarding the area of haulage will find that Chris Powell and Rothera Sharp are the best choice.

Karen Walker

Posted February 4, 2020

Claim dealt with efficiently and to a satisfactory conclusion. Wayne Vickers visited me at home initially and explained everything thoroughly. Professional service throughout. Recommended

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Transport Team

Anton Balkitis


Anton Balkitis leads the transport law team and is a nationally recognised road transport lawyer and motoring law specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.

Olivia Maginn


Olivia Maginn is a transport and motoring law specialist at Nottingham based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.

Chris Powell


Chris Powell specialises in road transport law and motoring defence. He advises and represents haulage and PSV operator licence holders and drivers on all road transport regulatory matters.

Hardeep Chumber


Hardeep Chumber is a paralegal in Rotheras Motoring and Transport department and is based at our Lace Market office.


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