Vehicle checksPicture of woman clearning snow from her windscreen



With the onset of winter North Wales Police Roads Policing officers will for the next month be focusing on vehicle safety to ensure that vehicles are in a roadworthy condition to meet the demands of wintery conditions.

An effective way of ensuring that motor vehicles are in a roadworthy condition is to make full and extensive use of the Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme (VDRS), this scheme ensures that a problem is rectified, thus enhancing safety as opposed to penalising the driver by way of a fine and / or endorsement..  


Tips for motorists


Check your vehicle is ready for winter and always carry an emergency kit


Regularly servicing, and checking your vehicle is in good running order before setting out, will reduce your chances of breaking down on the road.


Is your vehicle ready?


It's worth making these checks regularly - and particularly before a long winter journey: 

  • Check and replace the anti-freeze in the radiator
  • Make sure your lights are clean and check the bulbs 
  • Ensure your windscreen is clean 
  • Replace the battery if it's not reliable
  • Ensure your tyres are correctly inflated and replace them before the tread has reached the legal minimum.


Your emergency kit


Just gather together the items below and pack in the car at the start of the winter season. You never know when you might need them.

Your emergency kit should include:

  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • Torch and spare batteries - or a wind-up torch
  • Warm clothes and blankets - for you and all passengers
  • Boots
  • First aid kit
  • Jump leads
  • A shovel
  • Road atlas
  • Sunglasses (the glare off snow can be dazzling)


Before each journey in severe weather


  • Clear any snow and ice from all windows, lights and number plates. Make sure you can see clearly and be seen.
  • Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged - but don't use while driving.
  • Take some food and a warm drink in a flask in case you get stuck. Don't forget to take any personal medication too!


The (VDRS) scheme has been in use for a number of years.  It is used as the preferred option when an officer detects a defect on a vehicle.

The scheme gives the driver the opportunity to have the defect repaired and certified as having been done within 14 days of the issue of a Vehicle Defect form.

The driver has to agree to partake in the scheme before it can be implemented; otherwise the matter is dealt with by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice.

The use of the VDRS scheme results in the defect being rectified and this in turn enhances the safety of vehicles used on our roads.