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VOSA consultation of HGV testing launched

By: Chris Taylor
17 June 2011

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) is launching a consultation on proposals to change the fees for annual HGV testing, operator licensing and other non-statutory tests.

VOSA, the body responsible for providing the licensing, testing and enforcement services with regards to vehicle safety, do not want to increase across-the-board fees for testing; stating that it wishes to remain "revenue neutral".

According to the Department for Transport, the changes affect fees for those in driving jobs who operate HGVs (heavy goods vehicles) and PSVs (public service vehicles e.g. buses and coaches used for hire or reward).

The main proposals of VOSA wish for no general rise in statutory fees; a reduction in fees for which VOSA charges; reductions in fees for applications for standard PSV operator licences; small (2 per cent to 4.6 per cent) increases in HGV and PSV operator licence fees to cover the cost of a national register of HGV and PSV operators; and fees for voluntary services, such as brake checks and non-statutory roadworthiness tests, to rise in line with general cost increases.

HGV UK reports that VOSA chief executive Alastair Peoples was committed to keeping costs down for the industry where possible.

He said: "I'm pleased that VOSA will be able to avoid any general increase in fees for the second year running and am keen to hear the views of our customers on the rest of our proposals."

The consultation runs until 28th July 2011.

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