Written statement to Parliament

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA): consultation on powers to stop commercial vehicles

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

Announces the launch of a consultation on proposals to give VOSA examiners new powers to stop commercial vehicles for inspection.

The Department for Transport has today (29 June 2010) issued a consultation document on proposals to empower examiners from VOSA with powers to stop commercial vehicles for inspection throughout Great Britain. At present their powers are restricted to England and Wales.

The new powers will help them to ensure that commercial vehicles and their drivers comply with road traffic law. Similar minor additions will be made to Northern Ireland legislation where no comparable powers already exist in relation to the stopping powers for the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) staff.

I have placed copies of the document in the libraries of the House.