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Motor Vehicles: Testing

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of transferring commercial vehicle testing to the private sector. (281653)

Following an extensive consultation process, the Department for Transport announced on 3 July 2008 that the testing of commercial vehicles would continue to be conducted within the public sector by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).

However, in order to meet customer requirements for a modern, flexible service, and to reduce vehicle downtime and associated costs for operators, the Agency aims to significantly increase the number of annual tests conducted at private sector premises over the next three years. These tests will still be conducted by VOSA staff.