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Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make an assessment of the likely implications for the staffing of his Department and its agencies of the Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill if enacted in its current form; (144343)

(2) if he will estimate the (a) initial cost and (b) subsequent annual costs of implementing the Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill if enacted in its current form;

(3) what estimate he has made of the size of the advertising budget required to publicise the Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill as it stands following Second Reading should it be passed into law;

(4) what assessment he has made of likely levels of non-compliance should the Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill be passed into law as it stands following Second Reading;

(5) what additional equipment would be needed to enforce the Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill if passed into law as it stands following Second Reading; and what estimate he has made of the likely cost;

(6) what additional training will be needed to enforce the Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill if passed into law as it stands following Second Reading; and what estimate he has made of the likely cost;

(7) what assessment he has made of the possible overall impact of the Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill on his Department and its agencies should it be passed into law as it stands following Second Reading.

It is estimated that around 230 additional staff would be required for DfT and its Agencies.

The overall cost to implement the Bill as drafted has been estimated as approximately £80 million over three years.

The costs required for advertising have not yet been estimated.

No estimate has been made of the likely levels of non-compliance.

It has not been established whether additional equipment would be required.

The estimated cost of enforcement is £50 million over two years.

The estimated cost to this Department and its Agencies is £30 million over three years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of which programmes managed by his Department and its agencies would have to be delayed or postponed should the Off Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill pass into law as it stands following Second Reading; what estimate he has made of the cost of such delays; and if he will make a statement. (144413)

No formal assessment has yet been made, but it is likely that the proposals would require significant additional changes to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s (DVLA’s) IT systems and processes. This would be likely to have an adverse impact on other DVLA IT programmes and hence on the quality of services to the public. It is likely that one of the projects that would be rescheduled would be the delivery of continuous insurance enforcement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister for Northern Ireland on the possible implications of the Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill if enacted; (144318)

(2) what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on the possible implications of the Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill if enacted;

(3) what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Scotland and (b) the First Minister for Scotland on the possible implications of the Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill if enacted.

No discussions on the implications of the Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill have taken place with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the First Minister for Northern Ireland, the Secretary of State for Scotland or the First Minister for Scotland.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the possible impact on the rural and farming community of the Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill if enacted in its current form; (144338)

(2) what assessment he has made of the possible impact on the agricultural industry of the Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill if enacted in its current form;

(3) what assessment he has made of the possible impact on motorcycle sport of the Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill if enacted in its current form.

The Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill has been interpreted as making provisions which would apply to certain vehicles used in rural areas for agriculture and forestry, and vehicles used for motor sport. No detailed assessments have yet been made, but it is clear that, in its current form, the Bill would require many such vehicles to be registered and to display a registration number.