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Motor Vehicles: Safety

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many certificates of initial fitness were issued by Vehicle and Operator Services Agency in respect of imported stretch limousines in 2008. (264937)

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has only recently introduced the capacity to record a specific vehicle type as a limousine. Previously vehicles were classed as either cars or Public Service Vehicles (PSV).

VOSA issued 19 Certificates of Initial Fitness (COIF) in 2008 for limousines. VOSA is unable to distinguish whether the vehicles were imported or not.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many public service vehicle operators’ licences were issued by traffic commissioners in each area in respect of stretch limousines in (a) 2003 and (b) 2008; and how many such licences related to limousines able to carry (i) more than eight and (ii) eight or fewer passengers. (264938)

There are no records of limousine operators for 2003 as our business system does not differentiate between types of vehicles operated on a PSV licence at that time.

In recent years we have started keeping separate records for limousine operators and the information for operator licences granted in 2008 shows that 116 restricted licences and 11 standard national licences have been issued. All of these licences have limousine conditions attached and the operators applied to run vehicles with eight passenger seats or fewer.

Any operator who applied for a licence to run a limousine with more than eight passenger seats is not recorded as they are run under normal PSV regulations and these vehicles should have a COIF (Certificate of Initial Fitness).