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Lorries: Testing

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 6 April 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many tests of heavy goods vehicles the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency conducted outside core business hours between April 2009 and February 2010. (325709)

The total number of heavy goods vehicles tested (both motor vehicles and trailers) outside normal working hours between April 2009 and February 2010 was 9,963. This consists of first and annual tests and retests.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what research his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) evaluated on levels of demand for conducting annual tests of heavy goods vehicles outside standard working hours. (325710)

Customer input into the requirements for, and likely uptake of, extended opening hours for annual tests of heavy goods vehicles has been provided from direct customer feedback and through quantitative customer research with 500 service agents in 2009-10 and a similar survey in 2008.