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Defective vehicles (FOI)

Defective vehicles (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 08 March 2021.
Prepared internally, no external costs.


With reference to the 'report a defective vehicle' form on, please can you advise the following for 2019 and 2020:


Total number of vehicles reported as having a defect, broken down by defect category.


Number of vehicles from the above that were inspected.


Number of vehicles from the above confirmed as requiring repair.



The following table provides the information requested in relation to reporting a defective vehicle on-line.  Where multiple defects are indicated on the form only the first defect reported is recorded in the figures below. 

Vehicle defects reported on-line in 2019 and 2020

​Defect type



​Corroded bodywork​5687​
​Faulty light(s)​136115​
​Faulty direction indicator(s)​104​
​Inoperative brake light(s)​450​220
​Noisy exhaust​73​93
​Exhaust smoke ​149​104
​Fuel leak​2​1
​Oil leak​1​1
​Faulty Number Plate​12​29
​Other ​4​1
​Total reported​912​668



Vehicles examined by DVS following on-line reporting (see note)




​Examined by DVS​634​232


Letters are sent to all owners of reported defective vehicles, where the details provided match the details on the register.  It is not possible to follow up on cases where the details do not match the register.

During 2020, and as a result of Covid-19 restrictions, a number of vehicle defect reports were followed up via telephone, with photographic evidence being provided to DVS as confirmation that the fault was repaired.


In many cases repairs (for example bulb change / tyre change) have already been carried out before the vehicle is brought to DVS for inspection.  To provide the repair information in conjunction with the other data requested a manual search of our inspection data would be required.  

This would take us over the 12.5 hours allowed for Freedom of Information responses in accordance with Regulation 2 (1) of the Freedom of Information (Costs) (Jersey) Regulations 2014.  Therefore, this part of your request will not be processed further.

Article applied 

Article 16 A scheduled public authority may refuse to supply information if cost excessive 

(1) A scheduled public authority that has been requested to supply information may refuse to supply the information if it estimates that the cost of doing so would exceed an amount determined in the manner prescribed by Regulations. 

Regulation 2 (1) of the Freedom of Information (Costs) (Jersey) Regulations 2014 allows an authority to refuse a request for information where the estimated cost of dealing with the request would exceed the specified amount of the cost limit of £500. This is the estimated cost of one person spending 12.5 working hours in determining whether the department holds the information, locating, retrieving and extracting the information. 

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