TRIAL: REO to be tested for six months
Remote Enforcement for more compliant operators is to be introduced, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) have announced.
The Remote Enforcement Office (REO) will be tested by VOSA in an initial six-month trial scheduled to start in October and take place in the Western Traffic Area.
VOSA have introduced the REO in the belief that the process involved for the more compliant operator will be less burdensome.
They also claim the new system will be more effective for themselves, allowing them to target resources where they are needed most.
At present, a VOSA examiner attends the operator’s premises; however, with the REO, VOSA will request relevant information to be sent to their office.
Information will then be reviewed with the necessary recommendations being made to the operator, or follow up action taken as appropriate.
Richard Denby, of VOSA, said: “VOSA has been listening to feedback from the industry and the trade associations, especially the Freight Transport Association and are looking to change the way we deliver enforcement.
“We want compliance to equal good business value, and to ensure that a non-compliant operator does not have a competitive edge over a compliant operator and cannot have a greater profit margin than a compliant operator.
“We want a level playing field so that non-compliant operators cannot unfairly bid for contracts above a compliant operator.”
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