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Lorries: Safety

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the most recent estimate is of (a) heavy goods vehicles and (b) public service vehicles which should have an annual safety check conducted by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency but do not. (156056)

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) is responsible for the enforcement of road safety legislation. Its records reflect the number of heavy goods vehicles (HGV) and public service vehicles (PSV) which have presented for annual test. Its records do not record this as a percentage of the total HGV and PSV fleets in use.

Although the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) may have records of HGVs and PSV's registered, some may be exempt from annual tests or have been declared as off the road (and therefore not require a certificate.) Also VOSA may have tested some vehicles more than once in a year so the DVLA and VOSA records cannot be directly compared.