More spot checks for van operators

VOSA warns of 'reality check ahead' for van operators at FTA conference

Published:  10 May, 2013

VOSA man Gordon Macdonald has told van operators attending the FTA Van Excellence Conference that those not complying with regulations would be targeted by the authorities. Mr Macdonald, who is the Agency's Head of Enforcement made the remarks during his keynote speech at the Freight Transport Association (FTA) Van Excellence Conference, held in Sheffield.

Within his address, Mr Macdonald stated that VOSA was 'determined to improve van operational standards' and that it makes no secret of its intention to significantly ramp up the number of roadside inspections and other enforcement activity. In addition, he praised the FTA's Van Excellence scheme, describing it as "an extremely good example that the industry can take responsibility for itself".

The need for fleets to pay more attention to daily checks is clear. Last year almost half of all Class VII vehicles failed their first MOT, mostly on things that could have easily been rectified by the driver or fleet manager.

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