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Left-hand Drive Heavy Goods Vehicles: Safety

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

23. To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government are taking to improve the safety record of left-hand drive heavy goods vehicles. (199777)

We are continuing to increase the level of enforcement activity undertaken by the Department's Vehicle and Operator Services Agency targeted against heavy commercial vehicles on international journeys. We have made significant additional funding available to VOSA for this purpose over the last couple of years, and we will be adding a further £24 million over the next three years. This means 97 extra enforcement staff, 24/7 checking at key sites, as well as two additional check sites, all leading to around 75,000 additional checks.

We will also be adding a significant new deterrent against non-compliance with the introduction of ‘on-the-spot financial penalties’ early next year. This will mean that non-UK-resident offenders will—at last—be facing similar enforcement action to that taken against UK vehicle operators and to that which has been taken by other member states against UK drivers for many years.