Many foreign lorries, coaches and buses
unsafe for the UK's roads
- 24th August 2009
The Commons Transport Committee has reported that the number of
foreign goods vehicles and buses not complying with the UK's
safety standards is too high, which is increasing the chances of
them being involved in a lorry or
on the UK’s roads.
There are calls for the
Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) to be given more
powers and resources to get unsafe foreign vehicles off the UK's
The number of foreign vehicles stopped with dangerous defects
was almost 47%; this is almost 10% more than their British
The report states that VOSA requires more access to ports to
prevent dangerous vehicles and drivers entering the UK in the
Data sharing across European countries will be crucial to make
rogue operators accountable across Europe, and stop dangerous
vehicles from operating.
Loopholes in licensing rules for coaches and buses, where PSV
licenses are transferred between vehicles are also risking
Many HGV trailers are in a shocking state of repair and are
waiting to happen.
Likewise, excessive driving hours put drivers at risk of falling
asleep behind the wheel and increase their chances of causing a
During 2007/08 the HGV prohibition rate for Czech vehicles was
over 60% for those given roadworthiness tests, closely followed
by Polish and Hungarian vehicles at 50%, then German and Italian
vehicles at over 40%, with UK vehicles at 37.5%.
In 2008 there were 1.67 million foreign registered vehicles in