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RHA calls on government to end Vosa’s truck testing ‘monopoly’

  • 30 July 2012
  • By Hayley Pink

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has called on the government to allow the private sector to carry out annual truck tests and end Vosa’s “monopoly”.

With more than 50% of all annual testing now undertaken at privately-run Authorised Testing Facilities (ATFs), the RHA argues that the requirement for Vosa to carry out tests is no longer appropriate.

RHA chief executive Geoff Dunning has written to transport minister Mike Penning urging him to open up testing to the private sector, within a “robust system of high-quality regulation”.

He says: “Vosa’s monopoly makes little sense in the ATF era. It adds red tape and obstacles to business. It prevents much of the potential gains of ATFs being realised, in terms of cost and flexibility that would flow from allowing the private sector, including approved ATF employees – to do the testing.”

Dunning believes that opening up testing to ATFs would encourage more firms to invest in bringing their workshops up to test standards, which would have a positive knock-on effect on maintenance and contribute to UK economic growth.

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/rha-calls-on-government-to-end-vosa-s-lgv-testing-monopoly