20% fall in the number of trucks stopped by DSVA in the last year

06/02/2014

The DSVA has released figures that show 80,802 HGVs were stopped at the roadside for the purpose of traffic enforcement during 2012/1, 20,000 fewer than 2011/12. 76, Also, a 12,112 decrease in 2012/12 for the number of vehicles that were stopped for roadworthiness checks, at 64,060 from 76,172 in 2011/12.

Of the 80,082 vehicles that had been stopped the DSVA stated that 37,389 (46%) were GB lorries, 4,356 were Irish (down 28%) and 6,313 were from Poland (down 24%).

James Firth, head of road freight and enforcement policy, at the FTA, claimed the agency was investing a significant amount of resources in to more targeted checks, instead of random. Firth said, We will always say we think the DSVA should be stopping more vehicles, but its a question of resources ? and its resources are defined by the fees we pay. We look to it to maximise the effectiveness of its enforcement.

Vosas annual report and accounts for 2012/13 make a case for this, stating that the agency has achieved a overall prohibition rate at targeted checks was almost 18% higher than the rate through random checks.

The senior traffic commissioner, Beverley Bell, said that she was concerned about a significant reduction in the number of lorries that were actually being weighed by DSVA and that they are not targeting the incompetent drivers. Bell said, In 2005-06, there were 26,000, as near as damn it, weighing of vehicles. In 2010-11 there were 2,600, as near as damn it. That is a tenth.

The Transport Committee agreed with this in their report and stated they were worried that the DSVA were targeting to many small firms and not enough large ones.

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