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Government to spend £24m on ‘unsafe’ HGV crackdown

8 April 2008

Goods vehicles crossing Britain’s borders face tougher safety checks as Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick announced an extra £24 million to clampdown on unsafe trucks on international journeys.

The investment will fund a 50% increase in the number of HGV checks carried out, as well as allow the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) to open two new enforcement sites.

Enforcement figures show that HGVs from overseas are more like to be unroadworthy, overloaded or being driven in excess of drivers’ hours rules than their UK counterparts, according to the Department for Transport.

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VOSA won a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for for its pilot programme in 2007