Fewer than 3% of ATF Operators Association (ATFOA) members feel opening their authorised testing facility (ATF) was a ‘very good’ investment, Motortransport.co.uk can reveal. A survey the association conducted in September, based on feedback from 70 ATF operators, asked respondents to choose which of six options best described their feelings about the time and investment involved in setting up their testing facility. Just 2.9% said it was a very good investment and one they would go into again; with a […]
In his introduction to Vosa’s recently published 2012/13 business plan, chief executive Alastair Peoples promises the agency’s focus will be “on balancing ‘regulatory’ enforcement interventions with education initiatives to empower the industry to increasingly manage [its] own compliance”. To the glass half empty contingent, this could sound like an alarming budget-driven reduction in enforcement effort just at a time when wafer thin margins must be tempting some cash-strapped operators to cut maintenance budgets and put pressure on drivers to bend […]
Both the RHA and FTA have welcomed the news that Vosa and the DSA are to merge into a single government agency from next year.
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.