The Transport Select Committee has raised concerns about Vosa’s enforcement focus, the rapid introduction of ATFs, and its seemingly dysfunctional relationship with traffic commissioners (TCs). Speaking after the publication of the Work of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency report today (19 July), Transport Select Committee chairperson Louise Ellman said: “We were particularly concerned that problems relating to enforcement and resources which were raised by the TCs are not being properly addressed by Vosa. “This points to communication problems that […]
TIP Trailer Services, part of GE Capital, has opened its seventh authorised testing facility (ATF) in Essex, following a £120,000 depot upgrade. The Grays, Essex site offers LGV and ADR as well as hire and maintenance as part of a rolling programme to develop a network of ATFs. The trailer rental service also offers testing at its sites in Manchester, Dublin, Leeds, Liverpool, Felixstowe and Nuneaton, the first of which was launched two years ago. UK fleetcare manager Jonny Clark […]
The government has warned that prosecution and prison sentences will be considered by Vosa for LGV drivers who falsify their hours records. Transport minister Norman Baker tells MT: “Drivers and operators should be in no doubt that we take the abuse of drivers’ hours very seriously and VOSA has the powers to impose tough penalties where the rules have been broken. Serious infringements may lead to prosecution and prison sentences have been passed by courts in the most serious cases.” […]
Plans by Vosa to begin clamping down on ATF operators who do not meet minimum levels of examiner utilisation or who cancel testing arrangements at short notice are within the scope of the current ATF contract, the agency has insisted in response to criticism over its proposals.