Written statement to Parliament

Correction to the written answer to Parliamentary Question 97198

This speech was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Written statement by Stephen Hammond, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport.

I regret to inform the House that there was an inaccuracy in the answer given by the then Parliamentary Under Secretary of State to Parliamentary Question 97198 on 1 March (‘Official report’, column 450W) about driving licensing.

The answer says:

VOSA identifies poor performing MOT testing stations through a transparent and proportionate disciplinary points system published in the MOT Testing Guide. VOSA cessate individual testers called authorised examiners (AEs) from carrying out MOT tests, not the test stations. AEs cessated in the last 3 years are 111 in 2008 to 2009, 90 in 2009 to 2010, and 89 in 2010 to 2011 all after appeal.

The answer should be:

VOSA identifies poor performing MOT testing stations through a transparent and proportionate disciplinary points system published in the MOT Testing Guide. VOSA can take action against authorised examiners (AEs) and nominated testers (NTs). AEs are an individual, partnership or company approved to carry out MOT tests. NTs carry out the actual tests. In the last 3 years, the agency struck off 111 AEs in 2008 to 2009, 90 in 2009 to 2010, and 89 in 2010 to 2011, all after appeal.