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Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Vehicle and Operator Services Agency teams are based at UK ports; how many foreign vehicles were found to be committing infringements in 2005-06; what actions were taken against non-UK vehicles and their drivers; and how many prosecutions have followed stops in 2005-06. (82007)

There are no Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) teams based at British Ports. The majority of enforcement is carried out by intercepting traffic on arterial roads leading to/from a port. By agreement of an individual Port Authority VOSA do visit some ports but this activity is not similar to the statutory presence of Customs and Special Branch officers who are located directly at the port.

The number of foreign vehicles found to be committing infringements during 2005-06 and the action taken is given in the table:

Roadworthiness prohibitions issued

Number issued

Heavy goods vehicles

5,396

Passenger service vehicles

46

Traffic enforcement prohibitions issued

Drivers hours and Tachograph records

Overloading

Heavy goods vehicles

4,403

1,423

Passenger service vehicles

30

13

No foreign drivers or operators were prosecuted by VOSA in 2005-06.