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Motor Vehicles: Testing

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) class 3 and 4 vehicles and (b) goods vehicles between 3 tonne and 3.5 tonne gross weight took an MOT test in each financial year since 2001; and how many and what percentage failed in each year. (156051)

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) publishes figures of how many (a) class 3 and 4 vehicles and (b) goods vehicles between 3 tonne and 3.5 tonne gross weight took an MOT test in each financial year since 2001; and how many and what percentage failed in each year in its effectiveness report. This is available on-line at www.vosa.gov.uk or in the House of Commons Library, Business and Transport Section.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) grade 7 equivalent and above managers, (b) testers, (c) vehicle inspectors and (d) vehicle examiners were employed in (i) the Vehicle Inspectorate and (ii) the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency in each financial year since 2000-01. (156053)

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) was formed in April 2003. The following table indicates the number of posts it had for the roles requested, as at 1 April of each year.

Grade7+

Tester

Vehicle inspector

Vehicle examiner

2003

40

121

401

494

2004

43

110

427

542

2005

46

94

424

556

2006

53

80

417

524

2007

55

66

397

502

Figures prior to 2003 for the Vehicle Inspectorate could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Similar information on staff numbers was published in the Vehicle Inspectorates Annual Reports, a copy of which was placed in the House of Commons Library, Business and Transport section.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many MOT vehicle testing stations are in operation. (156057)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many MOT vehicle testing stations were routinely inspected (as opposed to having a targeted inspection) to ensure that they complied with safety and other requirements in each financial year since 2000-01. (156058)

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) publishes figures of how many MOT vehicle testing stations were routinely inspected (as opposed to having a targeted inspection) to ensure that they complied with safety and other requirements in each financial year since 2003 in its Effectiveness Report. This is available on-line at www.vosa.gov.uk or in the House of Commons Library, Business and Transport Section. Any figures prior to 2003 can be found in The Vehicles Inspectorate report in the House of Commons Library, Business and Transport Section.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the MOT Enforcement Transformation programme is; how MOT vehicle testing stations will be classified in the future; what safety checking regimes are for each class of MOT vehicle testing station; and how it was determined that the new checking regimes will work effectively. (156059)

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) MOT Enforcement Transformation programme supports the delivery of a number of its strategic objectives to improve the quality and consistency of the private vehicle testing service to the public. Focussing on non-compliant MOT garages, the risk based programme aims to improve MOT testing standards and operational efficiency.

Similarly to the existing Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) system, MOT garages will be classified as Red, Amber or Green.

VOSA monitor MOT garage safety through:

analysis of the MOT database,

intelligence received,

MOT Appeals,

random and targeted re-inspection of vehicles, and

mystery shopper exercises.

VOSA trialled the risk based approach for 100 MOT garages in the Midlands area from June—October 2006. Analysis of the trial results demonstrated that the risk scoring mechanism is an effective method of predicting actual non-compliance by an MOT garage.