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Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

House of Lords written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Lord Bradshaw Lord Bradshaw Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many reviews of operating centres used by heavy goods vehicles have been undertaken by traffic commissioners in each of the past five years.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The traffic commissioners' annual report lists cases of heavy goods vehicles operating centres that have been reviewed. Prior to 2009-10 the figures only include those that were reviewed as a result of a complaint having been made. The results are shown in the following table:

Traffic Area 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10*
Eastern 2 1 1 7 11*
North Eastern 20 4 1 4 10*
North Western 15 10 2 5 11*
South Eastern and Metropolitan 6 2 2 7 25*
West Midland 2 0 0 3 4*
Western 3 5 5 7 22*
Scottish 0 0 4 2 3*
Welsh 2 0 1 2 6*
Total 50 22 16 37 92*

* The 2009-10 figures include reviews carried out on operating centres where complaints had not been received but where the traffic commissioners had other information that questioned the suitability of the operating centre. Statistics were not compiled for this category before this date.

The traffic commissioners' annual report is available from the DfT website using the following link: www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roads/tpm/trafficcommissioners/annualreports/trafficcommissioners/pdf/trafficcommissioners0910.pdf.

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