To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes the vehicle inspectorate is proposing to make to vehicle testing fees.
On 9 March, I laid before the House a draft order which contains the fees which the vehicle inspectorate proposes to charge from 30 March. The fees will need to be reviewed again later to take account of the incorporation into the heavy goods vehicle test from I September of measured checks of smoke emission. I have also asked that we should seek views on a revised structure for fees which reflect more closely the increased costs to the inspectorate of vehicles with a higher number of axles. Consultation on these matters will take place in the summer.