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Checks of foreign HGVs down by 40%

  • 07 March 2014
  • By Chris Tindall

Both targeted and random checks of non UK-registered HGVs have fallen by almost 40% since 2010, according to figures released by the DVSA. This compares with a 27% reduction in traffic enforcement-related checks of GB trucks.

The figures, released under a Freedom of Information request, show that in 2010/11 there were more than 122,000 roadside inspections of HGVs, 70,647 of which were non-UK-registered lorries.

But this figure had fallen to a total of 80,802 checks in 2012/13, with just 43,413 of these non-GB vehicles.

The figures also reveal that roadworthiness checks fell substantially more for non-UK-registered lorries than for domestic vehicles.

By 2012/13 the number had decreased to 30,272 non-UK-registered lorries vehicle checks; 37% lower than two years previously.

Similarly, checks by the DVSA of non UK-registered trailers fell by a third (31%) over the same period. The DVSA – formerly Vosa and the DSA – said its enforcement targeting was becoming more focused and that its prohibition rate had increased, “indicating that there are more defects and offences found relative to vehicles checked,” explained  a spokesman.

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) said that efforts by the enforcement agency have had “a significant impact” on non-compliant foreign operators, but RHA policy director Jack Semple also said: “The problem is the relative lack of sanctions you can impose on foreign operators; both penalties and also regulatory sanctions really aren’t available.

“We are urging the DVSA and the police to take stronger action. It’s not really being adequately addressed. The RHA’s policy is that those involved in falsification of records should be jailed.”

Semple added: “Yes, the number of checks reducing is a concern, but the most important measure is the outcome and effectiveness overall. The reduction is worrying and we have flagged up concerns.”

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/checks-of-foreign-hgvs-down-by-40