Bid to Reduce Road Accidents Leads to Crack Down on Foreign Lorry Drivers
MPís urge action over unsafe vehicles on UK roads
Foreign drivers unfamiliar with UK roads and driving vehicles that are not roadworthy are responsible for too many accidents on Britainís roads, according to MPís from the Commons Transport Committee.
The MPís were quoting statistics from the body responsible for ensuring all vehicles entering the UK are roadworthy, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), which found that 47% of foreign-registered vehicles it stopped had dangerous defects. This figure is significantly higher than the number of UK vehicles with defects and now members from all political parties are calling for VOSA to be given additional powers such as being able to inspect vehicles for defects whilst they are still in port.
Compliance with safety standards for lorries, buses and coaches
Speaking about the agency and its role, Committee chairman Louise Ellman MP said that although Britain had some of the safest roads in Europe, more must be done to ensure compliance with safety standards for lorries, buses and coaches. Ms Ellman also said that VOSA was ďhampered by some of the data-sharing regulationsĒ that govern the exchange of data between European countriesí border forces, and that ďit is crucial that VOSA can share information with colleagues in other European countries to bring cowboy operators to book.Ē
Not only was the condition of some foreign-registered lorries a cause for concern. The working practices of European haulage companies often means that their drivers work longer shifts with fewer breaks than their UK counterparts. This in itself is blamed for many of the accidents caused by foreign drivers who have fallen asleep at the wheel after driving for an extended period with no break.
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