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VOSA news – remote enforcement for transport operators

TRACE enables fleet managers, commercial vehicle garages, workshops and bodyshops to stay VOSA compliant by managing all the important data in one place, which means you can quickly run reports on all activity in your workshop, on demand.

So it was music to our ears to hear that VOSA are introducing Remote Enforcement for the commercial transport industry’s more compliant operators – which includes our customers. According to Fleet News and Motor Transport, VOSA are going to be testing the proposed system in the Western Traffic Area from October. The move, which involves replacing certain site visits with remote analysis of information sent in by operators, should help free up VOSA examiners and boost fairer competition in ensuring operators are not put at a competitive disadvantage by running a fully compliant fleet, as opposed to their non-compliant peers.

We’re really glad to hear that VOSA have been listening to everyone in the commercial transport industry, including the FTA and many trade associations. Everyone has been lobbying for a fairer system for compliant operators, who already have too much administration on their plates as it is. Richard Denby from VOSA announced that VOSA were trying ‘to find new ways of working with the industry’ and that ‘transport managers can apply best practice in order to avoid becoming targets of enforcement.’

Best practice is what we do at TRACE. Time and time again, we hear that we’re helping our customers to remain on the right side of VOSA, as well as saving them huge amounts of time and money. So we really welcome VOSA’s announcement because it shows us that, in our own small way, we’re making a difference to the industry we care about.

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