Unroadworthy lorries raise MPs' fears

Un-roadworthy, foreign lorries have led a group of MPs to call for the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) to be given improved powers to deal with the issue.

The BBC reported that the Commons Transport Committee (CTC) has found that almost 50% of foreign registered lorries had faults, compared to just 38% of UK registered ones.

At the moment, VOSA can issue on-the-spot fines to drivers of dangerous vehicles under EU legislation, but the CTC wants the agency to have more powers to confiscate the trucks and prosecute those involved.

Concerns were also raised about foreign HGV trailers and the amount of time foreign drivers are spending behind the wheel without taking a break.

Better checking at ports is necessary to stop the offending lorries making it onto British roads because, according to the CTC, VOSA currently does not have enough access.

Committee chairman Louise Ellman MP 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."

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