MPs demand crackdown on dangerous lorries

The Transport Select Committee has called for tougher government action to be taken to remove unsafe heavy vehicles from the roads.

MPs on the committee have proposed that increased power be allocated to the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) to prevent unfit lorries and buses from being used or entering the country.

The calls come amid fears that VOSA’s inspection and enforcement jurisdiction is currently insufficient to tackle “cowboy operators” who are using unsafe and non-compliant foreign-registered vehicles on UK roads.

In addition, the committee warned against the complete privatisation of HGV safety testing centres, as doing so could limit their usability for many people.

Louise Ellman, chairman of the committee, said: “Britain has some of the safest roads in Europe but more must be done to ensure compliance with our safety standards for lorries, buses and coaches.”

The calls have been welcomed by the Road Haulage Association, which stated that the proposed initiatives could play a key role in reducing the risk of road accidents.

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