VOSA happy with Testing Transformation programme 06 July 2012

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) says it is very happy with the progress of its 'Testing Transformation' programme.

The agency says that just over half of all heavy goods and passenger service vehicle tests are now being carried at privately-owned sites.

"I am pleased to see the market provision of ATFs [Authorised Testing Facilities] continuing to mature, with 220 non-VOSA sites nationwide, of which 154 are open access and 30 are third party sites," confirms VOSA chief executive Alastair Peoples.

"Currently, 50.19 % of tests are being carried out at non-VOSA sites, and VOSA is committed to transfer the majority of its core testing services to non-VOSA sites by March 2013. We also continue to have a healthy pipeline of interest from various companies."

According to Peoples, VOSA's latest ATF review has demonstrated sufficient market interest in ATFs for all sizes of vehicles at its Hereford, Leicester, Pontypool, Redruth, Swansea and Cowes sites – allowing VOSA to plan to cease bus and lorry testing at these sites by the end of March 2013.

Exact timing is dependent on how quickly the ATF service provision comes on line, with testing cessation scheduled to allow for existing bookings to be honoured.

John Challen

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