New Vosa cabotage stance ‘will aid UK business’

Plans to crack down on cabotage will be beneficial for the haulage business in the UK, according to a road haulage organisation.

Geoff Dunning, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association (RHA), welcomed the news that Vosa, which handles enforcement for the Department of Transport, is now making illegal haulage checks routine.

It will look for cabotage whenever it makes roadside inspections of haulage vans that originate from outside the UK.

Fixed penalties of £200 will apply where a van is found to be carrying out illegal domestic haulage.

Mr Dunning said that the new move “recognises the need for fair competition within EU law”.

Last week, Mr Dunning also called for a crackdown on lorry drivers who drive for illegally long periods and use magnets to cover their tracks by hiding the signal to the tachograph.

He said that the £200 fixed penalties given for not keeping records were not strong enough deterrents.

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