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Lorries: Safety

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many lorries in each region of England were detected by (a) the police and (b) the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, as being (i) overloaded, (ii) in an unsatisfactory mechanical condition and (iii) driven in breach of drivers’ hours regulations, in each of the last 10 years; and what penalties were imposed on those drivers found to be in breach of the law. (192959)

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) was formed in April 2003, since then the relevant statistics relating to VOSA are:

Prohibited for overloading

Prosecuted for overloading

Mechanical prohibitions

Prohibited for drivers’ hours tachograph and records

Prosecuted for drivers’ hours tachograph and records

2006-07

North Eastern

609

135

2,660

857

1,527

North Western

887

106

2,548

1,735

952

West Midlands

771

197

1,591

995

564

Eastern

810

111

1,991

1,889

472

South Eastern

1,303

112

6,027

2,757

580

Western

702

128

2,805

874

510

Total

5,082

789

17,622

9,107

4,605

2005-06

North Eastern

605

121

3,037

1,152

1,187

North Western

925

118

2,589

1,449

1,217

West Midlands

699

105

1,680

1,085

823

Eastern

717

118

1,622

1,550

688

South Eastern

773

128

3,763

2,456

691

Western

513

136

2,543

1,042

724

Total

4,232

726

15,234

8,734

5,330

2004-05

North Eastern

522

125

2,848

1,124

1,252

North Western

780

156

2,472

1,216

1,417

West Midlands

420

101

1,571

937

558

Eastern

498

153

1,467

1,017

710

South Eastern

693

157

3,378

1,946

515

Western

444

144

2,325

727

627

Total

3,357

836

14,061

6,967

5,079

2003-04

North Eastern

512

312

2,625

952

1,307

North Western

521

472

2,934

1,092

1,205

West Midlands

326

294

1,535

579

575

Eastern

507

439

1,561

626

1,409

South Eastern

819

480

2,866

1,764

1,163

Western

412

451

2,101

625

1,109

Total

3,097

2,448

13,622

5,638

6,768

VOSA does not individually record the number of prosecutions due to mechanical faults but VOSA is sure this would be an insignificant figure.

Data collected centrally on the Court Proceedings Database, held by the Ministry of Justice do not identify the vehicle type (e.g. lorry, buses or coaches etc) involved for the specified motoring offences.

Similarly the Fixed Penalty Notices, Written Warnings and Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme motoring offences collections, also held by the Ministry of Justice do not identify types of vehicles involved.