DVSA to tackle north Wales prohibition rate
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THE DVSA plans to work more closely with police in north Wales after a 21% year-on-year rise in mechanical prohibitions issued to non-UK-registered vehicles in the region.
DVSA enforcement figures for the region showed that non-UK-registered vehicles were issued with 710 mechanical prohibitions between December 2012 and December 2013, compared with 589 in the same period the year before.
Based on these figures, non-UK-registered vehicles receive more than three times the amount of mechanical prohibitions than UK-registered vehicles do. UK trucks received 215 mechanical prohibitions in the latest period, broadly unchanged from the previous year's 217.
Vehicle enforcement activity also increased slightly, with HGV and trailer inspections totalling 2,647 up from 2,528.
Inspections by traffic examiners, who look for offences such as exceeding drivers' hours and overloading, rose to 3,441 in the year to December 2013 (2012: 3,142). This saw a prohibition rate for all vehicles of 19% for drivers' hours offences and 62% for overloading. The DVSA has set up a second CV unit in Flintshire to increase enforcement activity.