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Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) total staff costs and (b) total staffing complement of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's diversity unit are; and if he will make a statement. (76303)

The total costs of the nine staff in the diversity unit in the 2005-06 financial year were £273,329.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will increase staffing levels at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to ensure that more roadside checks can be made on untaxed vehicles. (76173)

Increasing DVLA staffing levels to enable more roadside checks on untaxed vehicles to be made is not the most effective way of tackling this problem.

DVLA supplies the police with details of untaxed vehicles for use with their ANPR Units. They are thus able to identify these on the public road without the need for DVLA officials to be present. Additional resource has been made available to considerably increase DVLA's level of wheel clamping activity against untaxed vehicles. The DVLA works closely with the police and clamping units are available to support them at roadside checks. Offending vehicles, the keepers of which are frequently involved in other criminal activity, are impounded in this partnership approach to the problem.