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Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

Volume 702: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Jim Fitzpatrick, on 16 May (Official Report, Commons, 1841W), to what they attribute the regular increase in vehicle prohibitions relating to heavy goods vehicles. [HL4261]

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) attributes the increase in numbers of prohibitions relating to heavy goods vehicles (HGV) to three main factors:

there is evidence that the rates of non-compliance among foreign HGVs are rising. In the last VOSA random compliance survey in 2006, 22 per cent of foreign vehicles were found to have prohibitable defects compared with 9 per cent two years earlier;

VOSA has developed better targeting over recent years. Use of ANPR technology and weigh in motion sensors have enabled VOSA to concentrate efforts on vehicles and drivers more likely to be non-compliant; and

the Government have given VOSA additional examiners at the roadside to combat the rise in non-compliance. Thirty-six additional front-line examiners have been recruited since 2005-06, and a further 100 are being recruited under the £24 million enforcement package announced by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Jim Fitzpatrick, earlier this year.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Jim Fitzpatrick, on 16 May (Official Report, Commons, 1841W), what proportion of the lorries referred to under the heavy goods vehicles heading for each of the years in question was not registered in the United Kingdom. [HL4262]

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) issued the following number of prohibitions to foreign registered heavy goods vehicles (HGVs):

Foreign HGVs Prohibitions

All HGVs Prohibitions

Percentage of foreign HGVs Prohibitions

2007-08

Overweight

3,379

7,709

43.83%

Drivers' hours

7,321

14,840

49.33%

Mechanical all

19,730

34,094(*)

57.87%

Accidents

-

-

-

2006-07

Overweight

2,620

5,945

44.07%

Drivers' hours

6,376

11,277

56.54%

Mechanical all

13,279

33,295

37.88%

Accidents

-

-

-

2005-06

Overweight

1,423

4,932

28.85%

Drivers' hours

4,403

10,585

41.60%

Mechanical all

5,396

26,729

20.19%

Accidents

-

-

2004-05

Overweight

1,070

4,080

26.23%

Drivers' hours

3,255

8,671

37.54%

Mechanical all

4,388

25,841

16.98%

Accidents

-

-

-

2003-04

Overweight

718

3,785

18.97%

Drivers' hours

2,282

6,918

32.99%

Mechanical all

1,936

24,022

8.06%

Accidents

-

-

-

(*) For 2007-08 figures for mechanical defects are not yet finalised. Those shown are provisional ones.

Mechanical prohibitions for HGVs are for both motor vehicles and trailers.