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Vehicle and Operator Services Agency: Manpower

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has for (a) future numbers of Vehicle and Operator Services Agency inspection staff and (b) their terms of employment. (197917)

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has (a) no plans to alter the number of inspection staff in test stations in the future, however, there are plans to increase the number of staff involved in enforcement activity. There are 30 new frontline posts as a result of re-investing under the Gershon review and 97 posts as a result of additional DFT funding.

(b) The posts will be recruited with staff on newly agreed flexible working patterns to allow the continued roll-out of extended working patterns which was piloted at ports in the south-east.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there are plans to alter the (a) number and (b) terms of employment of Vehicle and Operator Services Agency staff who will issue fixed penalty notices. (197924)

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has no plans to alter the (a) number and (b) terms of employment of Vehicle and Operator Services Agency staff that will issue fixed penalty notices. However, VOSA is rolling out revised working patterns for Enforcement staff on a staged basis, with a view to having as many as possible 24/7 shift working contracts over the coming year or two.