Changes to VOSA fees from 1 April 2010 16 March 2010

VOSA's fees for statutory and voluntary testing of HGVs and PSVs are to be updated from 1 April, following the consultation launched last August.

"These changes will ensure that the cost of VOSA's vital enforcement activity against dangerous HGVs and PSVs is spread fairly among the whole industry," says Alastair Peoples, chief executive of VOSA.

Some operator licensing fees will be abolished and VOSA will also be making refunds to operators who paid those fees before 20 April 2009, covering periods in 2009/10.

Highlights are: no general fee increases for 2010/11, but increases in fees for full tests of HGVs and PSVs "to complete the transfer of funding of some activities [mainly enforcement] from operator licence fees to test fees".

Additionally, certain operator licence fees from 31 March 2010 will now be abolished as part of the operator licence fee reform. Progressive abolition was effected by regulations taht came into effect in April 2009.

There will also be changes to testing fees to remove the supplements currently paid at non-VOSA establishments in linie with the move to ATFs.

"We are working hard to ensure our testing transformation programme provides the best possible service for operators. This new fee structure will support that," comments Peoples.

Brian Tinham

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