DfT outlines new powers for VOSA
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) is being given additional powers to clamp down on dangerous lorries and large vehicles using UK roads.
Outlining the Department for Transport (DfT) plans, Philip Hammond explained that trucks or coaches that are suspected of being operated in violation of driving hours, overloading and other rules will be covered by the plans.
According to the transport secretary, VOSA officials will be able to tackle such breaches, in addition to having greater autonomy to enforce new laws governing cabotage, or the levels of work overseas drivers can carry out in Britain.
Those seeking goods in transit cover may be particularly interested in the move, which includes extra powers for Scottish VOSA officers and is expected to free up police time.
"The measures I am announcing today will make sure that rogue operators have nowhere to hide by ensuring that VOSA inspectors across Great Britain have all the powers they need," Mr Hammond declared.
A consultation is currently being run by the DfT in a bid to increase uptake of eco-driving training by lorry drivers to 90 per cent.
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