6 Conclusion |
56. VOSA has generally proved to be an effective
enforcement agency. There was a clear consensus among the witnesses
that the work done by VOSA is both important and effective and
that VOSA retains the respect of the haulage, bus and coach industries.
57. Our evidence highlighted a number of issues
relating to VOSA's activities that need to be addressed. Of particular
concern were the unacceptably high levels of non-compliance with
vehicle safety standards among foreign-registered vehicles, the
lack of access to ports to carry out inspections and the sharing
of information with other agencies both at UK and EU levels.
58. The fact that Britain has
some of the safest roads in Europe is testament, among other things,
to the success of VOSA's enforcement regime. It is crucial that
VOSA has access to sufficient resources to continue to improve
the standard of HGVs and PSVs on our roads. This can only be achieved
through continued investment in technology and service improvements.
However, it is clear from our evidence that significant improvement
in enforcement activities is likely to result from better legislation
and collaboration with other agencies and private companies such
as ports, rather than simply from an increase in funding.