2006 Press Releases
28-12-06 Speed Limiter Legislation
From 1 January 2007 additional vehicles will now fall into scope under the speed limiter legislation introduced in January 2005.
19-12-06 VOSA outsourcing feasibility study
VOSA is undertaking a detailed feasibility study regarding the merits of further private sector involvement in considering the provision of its services, and needs feedback from you to help move forward.
14-11-06 Project WASP Highly Commended at Civil Service Awards
Project WASP (Weight And Safety Partnership) has been awarded a highly commended marking at this year's Civil Service Awards.
10-11-06 VOSA Clips Phoenix's Wings
VOSA supported by Wiltshire Police and Wiltshire County Council, successfully prosecuted Phoenix Plant and Coach Hire.
07-11-06 Euro Bus Expo opens today
A brand new European show is opening today at the Birmingham NEC.
31-10-06 VOSA Vigilant Over Drivers Hours
VOSA has announced its intention to continue cracking down on drivers who fail to produce the correct hours.
23-10-06 Illegal Immigrants Arrested During Operation Mermaid
The latest series of Operation Mermaid checks were conducted at 18 locations across the UK on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October.
29-09-06 Check Vehicle Safety Recalls at vosa.gov.uk
In 2005, 228 recall campaigns were registered with VOSA, affecting 1.9 million vehicles. This simple system allows you to search our up-to-date database for all makes and models that have been recalled.
26-09-06 VOSAs Viper Victorious
VIPER, VOSAs new system that incorporates ANPR and WIMS technology, has won the ITS United Kingdom (the Intelligent Transport Society for the UK) Technology Award for Excellence.
20-09-06 Changes to VOSA Directing Board
VOSAs Chief Executive, Stephen Tetlow, has announced that Kevin Rooney is to take over as VOSAs Director for Passenger Vehicles in October.
19-09-06 British Traffic Examiners Best Trained In Europe
VOSA hosted the 15th European Exchange week, with Euro Controle Route announcing that British Traffic Examiners lead the way in several key fields.
01-09-06 MOT launch new re-test procedures
Having analysed thousands of MOT tests over a three month period, and after consulting with a diverse range of stakeholders, VOSA will implement new re-test procedures with effect from 11th September 2006.
31-08-06 Corby Traffic Commissioner seminar relocated
The Corby Traffic Commissioner seminar scheduled for the 5th September has been relocated to the Holiday Inn Corby/Rockingham due to a serious fire at the original hotel.
23-08-06 Recruitment open day: 31 August 2006
VOSA are holding an open day at our Leeds Licensing Office to promote Administrative and case worker vacancies in the Leeds Licensing office. Application forms and guidance will be available on the day.
16-08-06 Operation Tourist 2006 Results
The 11th annual Operation Tourist took place across the UK between 8 July and 6 August 2006, focusing on coaches and buses (PSVs) carrying passengers on national and international journeys.
01-08-06 BM Autoteknik is VOSAs new testing equipment supplier
Following evaluation of tenders from 3 potential suppliers, on Tuesday 18 July 2006, VOSA awarded a contract to the Danish company BM Autoteknik.
31-07-06 Smart Partnering - Government gets it right
The innovative framework signed between VOSA, Britcon Ltd., Civil Engineering and Contracting Company and Craddy Pitchers Consultancy Services has greatly benefited the government agency.
27-07-06 VOSA starts centralising Operator Licensing
VOSA has announced the start of the transfer of licensing administration to Leeds. The decision to centralise operator licensing was taken back in June, allowing VOSA to deliver more consistent handling of applications and an improved overall service.
25-07-06 MCI Challenges Poor Mini-Bike Standards
In the wake of public concern about the problems of mini bikes, MCI has teamed up with VOSA and Trading Standards to work on a range of initiatives to tackle the problem of poor quality Far Eastern mini bikes which are flooding the UK market.
25-07-06 New Name and Structure for Testing and Enforcement
VOSA is re-structuring its Testing and Enforcement work as a result of an organisational review. The new Testing and Inspection Directorate will be responsible for delivery of testing and enforcement activity across the country.
25-07-06 Local Garage Receives Prestigious Award
Burns Garage, an MOT garage station based in Rochdale, is set to receive an award after they completed the 25 millionth computerised MOT test.
25-07-06 MOT Computerisation hits the 25 million mark!
VOSAs computerised MOT test passed another major milestone earlier this month. On Tuesday 4 July, Burns Garage, an MOT garage based in Rochdale, completed the 25 millionth computerised MOT test.
18-07-06 Ministerial Launch of South East Pilot
Dr Stephen Ladyman, Minister of State for Transport, has officially launched the South East International Pilot at roadside check, in Ashford, Kent. The pilot is aimed at targeting Heavy Goods Vehicles on international journeys.
27-06-06 VOSA Announce the Centralisation of Operator Licensing
Following a review by VOSA of its operations, the processing of Operator licence applications will be moving from existing Traffic Area Offices to a central processing unit in Leeds later this year.
19-06-06 France Adopts Rules to Deal With the Replacement of Analogue Tachographs by Digital Ones
France has adopted a set of national rules to deal with the replacement of analogue tachographs by digital ones, by making distinctions between dates at which vehicles were registered.
05-06-06 VOSA and HA increase checks on HGVs on International Journeys
VOSA and HA will be increasing their checks on Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) on international journeys, with the initial focus being on the South East of England.
16-05-06 Operator Self Service Scoops Latest Award
The winners of the Government Computing/BT Awards for Innovation were announced on 27th of April at a gala dinner at London?s Madame Tussauds.
15-05-06 Operation Atlanta Returns Impressive Results
Operation Atlanta, run by VOSA (the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) as the first trial check for the South East International Transport Pilot, took place last month, returning some very impressive results.
15-05-06 VOSA launches its Mobile Compliance Device for more effective vehicle targeting
VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) is launching its new tool to improve targeting of vehicles and operators at the roadside, the Mobile Compliance Device.
09-05-06 MOT testing: computerised service
MOT garages are now using a computerised service to carry out the MOT test. If you have a computerised certificate you will be able to re-tax your vehicle online on DirectGov. You can still re-tax your vehicle at the Post Office.
11-04-06 Mandatory fitment date for digital tachographs announced
The 1st May is the agreed date for mandatory fitting of Digital Tachographs.
04-04-06 New EU Drivers' Hours
The following new rules for commercial operators will come into effect in May (the exact date will be announced shortly).
04-04-06 Another VOSA success in targeting unsafe foreign vehicles
At the end of March the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) took part in a multi agency check in Spalding, Lincolnshire.
20-03-06 VOSA welcome new directors
Two new directors have joined VOSA this month, David Trussler as Commercial Customer Services Director and Tony Downes as Passenger Vehicles Director.
09-03-06 Essential service maintenance over the weekend 11th-12th March 2006
Please note that certain on-line services are not available due to essential maintenance work being undertaken.
07-03-06 VOSA celebrates successful Power to Stop Operation in Cheshire
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has recently carried out a successful pilot check in the Cheshire Area.
03-03-06 Temporary Unavailability of Operator Self-Service
Please note that certain on-line services are not available due to essential maintenance work being undertaken. Normal service will be restored by 7am on Tuesday 14 March at the latest.
24-02-06 MOT Computerisation Update
MOT Computerisation continues to go from strength to strength with the news that the system has passed another major milestone. A testing station based in Mansfield, completed the 10 millionth Computerised MOT test at 10.04am on the 1 February 2006.
15-02-06 VOSA re-opens Leeds Test Station after refurbishment
As part of a nationwide programme of modernisation, VOSA has completed its largest and most ambitious refurbishment work to date at Leeds Goods Vehicle Test Station (GVTS).
03-02-06 Success for VOSA in targeting illegally parked HGVS in Croydon, Merton and Sutton
Operation Area Clean, which took place in the Croydon, Merton and Sutton areas between April and December 2005, has been hailed a success after two operators were convicted, and several more advisory letters were issued.
31-01-06 VIC Latest News
Details on the latest developments in the Vehicle Identity Check scheme, including regulations surrounding caravans.
23-01-06 VOSA Product Safety System-Proposed Model for Europe
The European community could adopt the product safety system which VOSA operates and develops with the motor manufacturing industry.
16-01-06 1 in 6 Use Award-Winning Operator Self Service
VOSA's award-winning online Operator Self Service is being used by 1 in 6 of the country's operators and the volume of vehicle transactions has reached nearly 60% - a major cut in paper chasing.
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17-03-11 VOSA's Testing Transformation programme gathers pace as ATF target is met
VOSA's drive to reduce burdens on industry and take testing to the customer is gathering pace as the agency confirms that two new non-VOSA testing stations opened this week.
24-03-11 Illegal limo first vehicle to be crushed under new powers
Two stretch limousines which were seized from the company which owns them have been crushed today because they were being operated illegally and do not meet UK safety laws.