VOSA to step up targeted checks?

Posted by AndrewT on 16th Jul 2013

With the merger with the Driving Standards Agency ahead and recent comments from the Senior Traffic Commissioner it is interesting times for VOSA. Opinion on the merger with DSA appears to be split 50/50.

However, with all this going on in the background VOSA will want to be seen to be doing the right things to combat non-compliance within the road transport industry.  

VOSA published its annual report and accounts recently and this provides some insight to their thinking. VOSA are looking to increase its use of targeted checks to achieve 12% more prohibitions via this channel rather than random checks.

The report also revealed the agency’s operating surplus was ahead of expectations at £13.9m with £1.9m coming from enforcement activities. So we can expect the surplus from enforcement to increase.

What does this mean for transport operators? Do the right things to manage your compliance and VOSA will leave you alone. VOSA will focus on the operators that are prepared to cut corners and take risks with their compliance for commercial gain.

Let us know what do you think?