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Buses: Safety

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many buses were subject to (a) pre-notified and (b) un-notified safety inspections by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency in each of the last five years; and what proportion of these were issued with (i) immediate and (ii) suspended prohibition notices. (304686)

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) have conducted the following tests on passenger service vehicles over the last five years:

Number of checks

Number prohibited

2008-09

16,503

3,370

2007-08

14,362

2,853

2006-07

18,849

3,200

2005-06

17,516

2,772

2004-05

17,746

2,840

Note:

VOSA does not separately record (a) pre-notified and (b) un- notified safety inspections.

These data and further information are available in VOSA's effectiveness report available at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/vosa/publications/corporatereports/2008-2009reportsuite/2008-2009reportsuite.htm

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of each report of research projects conducted by (a) his Department, (b) the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and (c) the Traffic Commissioner on safety risks to the public in respect of the bus industry in the last 10 years. (304783)

Any research conducted by the Department for Transport concerning safety risks to the public in respect of the bus industry would already be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Any research conducted by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) is sponsored by the central Department. VOSA's enforcement figures regarding all public service vehicles are published in its Effectiveness report, a copy of which can be found in the Libraries of the House.

The Traffic Commissioners do not conduct research but may inform VOSA of any specific areas of concern they have. Any reference to safety risks by the bus industry would be found in the Traffic Commissioners Annual Report, a copy of which has been placed in the Libraries of the House.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much funding his Department allocated through the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency for the monitoring of performance in relation to bus services in each of the last three years; and how much funding he plans to allocate for such purposes in each of the next three years. (304784)

Funding allocated by the Department to the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency for bus punctuality enforcement for the last three financial years is set out in the following table. Decisions about funding for the next three years are still to be taken.

Financial year

Funding (£)

2007-08

650,000

2008-09

713,750

2009-10

790,000