MPs have called for the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) to be given extra powers to get unsafe foreign vehicles off the road.
The Commons Transport Committee report, which looked into the enforcement activities of VOSA, said the agency needed more access to ports to prevent dangerous vehicles from entering Britain.
Louise Ellman MP, committee chairman, said VOSA was recognised as a model of best practice but lacks sufficient access to ports to inspect vehicles and drivers effectively – and is also hampered by some data-sharing regulations.
The report also said that licensing rules for buses and coaches also need to be tightened.
A spokesperson for VOSA said it welcomed the report and said the agency had already made ‘significant progress’ in some of the areas mentioned.
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