VOSA always pull you over at the most inconvenient time
There is however some legislation within the Road Traffic Act 1988 that allows you to defer a roadside check. In section 67 it mentions how you can defer a VOSA check to a more convenient time for you.
Here’s how it works
Assuming that it is not immediately identifiable that your vehicle is defective, the driver is in breach of the laws or an accident has occurred then the owner of that vehicle can choose a period of 7 days within the next 30 days for VOSA to carry out their inspection.
If the driver does not own the vehicle then they can simply contact the owner to arrange these dates.
You don’t need to have the vehicle off the road for the full 7 days just offer a 7 day window for VOSA to carry out the checks. VOSA then need to give you at least 2 days notice before arriving on site or meeting at a mutually agreed location to carry out the inspection.
If you want more information on this you can find it at the government legislation website.
I hope you find this useful and as always if you have any questions at all please feel free to call me on (0191) 491 5032 or drop me an email.