Press release

New fee change consultation launched

VOSA is consulting on proposed fee changes for some of its services.

VOSA is today launching a consultation on proposals to change some fees for a range of services it carries out.

This includes fees for:

  • HGV and PSV testing, operator licensing and associated services
  • approval and certification of various vehicles
  • vehicle identity checks (VIC) on written-off cars seeking re-licensing
  • tachograph calibrator approval

The proposed changes to fees for statutory services aim to create fairer fees by:

  • removing the remaining cross subsidy of VOSA test facility costs from users of Authorised Testing Facilities (ATFs)
  • charging the cost of extra VOSA resource to service ATFs to users
  • meet additional running costs of interconnection throughout the EU of national registers of operators and their transport managers and more active monitoring of those committing most serious infringements as required by EU regulations
  • ensure the financial sustainability of VOSA

The consultation also includes a proposal on fees for Reduced Pollution Certificate (RPC) inspections carried out by the Driver and Vehicle Agency in Northern Ireland and an increase to charges for voluntary services provided by VOSA.

The largest changes result in re-distributing costs between those using VOSA test facilities and ATFs.

VOSA Chief Executive Alastair Peoples said:

After 4 years with no general fee increases, VOSA will continue to absorb most costs and keep general rises to a minimal one percent.

This is good news for our customers as the increase is far below inflation.

I am also pleased to be able to propose a fairer allocation of costs between customers having their vehicles tested at ATFs and VOSA test stations. I am keen to hear the views from customers on our proposals.

The full consultation, which is open from today until 11 June 2013 online at Fees for HGV and PSV testing, operator licensing, other VOSA services and some DVA services

Notes to editors

VOSA is responsible for:

  • processing applications for licences to operate lorries and buses and registering bus services
  • operating and administering testing schemes for all vehicles, including the supervision of the MOT testing scheme
  • enforcing the law on vehicles to ensure that they comply with legal standards and regulations
  • enforcing drivers’ hours and licensing requirements
  • supporting Traffic Commissioners to help them make informed decisions on operator licensing, vocational drivers and bus registration requirements
  • providing training and advice for commercial operators
  • investigating vehicle accidents, defects and recalls

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