TARGETING TH COWBOYS
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The Vehicle Inspectorate is at last chanc its tack on targeting rogue operators news story, opposite). We're finally ma away from a predetermined numbe vehicles to be checked (presumably de ed randomly by ministers in ivory towers) to acti seeking out operators whose trucks fail their am tests and show poor maintenance records. TIfine as long as every operator submits his vek for tests—the problem is that not all of them do. the news that the VI refuses to increase the nun of multi-agency checks because they don't enough offenders" beggars belief. It's true 5 checks benefit other Government departments: month's Operation Allsorts found one in six of drivers stopped were claiming the dole. But nationwide check of over 5,000 vehicles ( revealed 293 immediate prohibitions, 285 delc prohibitions and 534 defect notices. In other wc potentially slack maintenance procedures v revealed. Are these not useful findings in the i against rogue operators? When Transport Secre Sir George Young is giving the recent repor enforcement by the Transport Select CommittE thorough read, he will see that Recommendation 10 calls for more multi-agency checks. Given this week's launch of the Social Security's hotline to inform on people working and claiming welfare at the same time, could the two departments not get together to fund more multi-agency checks to benefit them both—and, more importantly, the operators who actually take the trouble to stick to the law?