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Vehicle non-compliance rates continues to improve for heavy goods vehicles but increase for taxis and buses

Stormont Executive press release - Department of the Environment

Figures from the latest Driver and Vehicle Agency Heavy Goods Vehicle, Taxi and Bus Compliance Surveys 2012/13, published today, show from 2011/12 to 2012/13, that overall non-compliance rates fell for HGVs but increased for Taxis and Buses.

During this period non-compliance for Taxis increased by just over six percentage points to 31.1%, and by almost eight percentage points to 30.4% overall for Buses. This contrasts with HGV overall non-compliance which fell by just over eight percentage points to 22.7% in this latest year, and has been consistently reducing since 2007/08, when just over half of all vehicles were non-compliant.

At 68.9% and 69.6%, Taxis and Buses did not achieve compliance target levels set by DVA for 2012/13 of 83% and 80% respectively. HGVs, on the other hand, at 77.3% were just over seventeen percentage points above the target level of 60% compliance.
The key points from the Driver & Vehicle Heavy Goods Vehicle, Taxi and Bus Compliance Surveys 2012/13 are:

Points to Note
Taxis

  • Almost 7 in every 10 of the 543 Taxis checked (68.9%) were assessed as roadworthy and were not committing serious Traffic Offences;
    Of the 543 Taxis checked:

  • 31.1% were issued with a prosecution, prohibition or fixed penalty notice regarding a serious road worthiness defect and/or a serious Traffic Offence;

  • 25.6% had at least one serious Roadworthiness Defect resulting in a prosecution or prohibition notice being issued;

  • 14.5% were committing at least one serious Traffic Offence resulting in a prosecution or prohibition notice being issued;

  • 48.6% had at least one Roadworthiness Defect or were committing at least one Traffic Offence resulting in at least a verbal warning;

    Buses

  • Almost 7 in every 10 of the 447 Buses checked (69.6%) were assessed as roadworthy and were not committing serious Traffic Offences;

    Of the 447 Buses checked:

  • 30.4% were issued with a prosecution or prohibition notice regarding a serious Roadworthiness Defect and/or a serious Traffic Offence;

  • 21.0% had at least one serious Roadworthiness Defect resulting in a prosecution or prohibition notice being issued;

  • 16.1% were committing at least one serious Traffic Offence resulting in a prosecution or prohibition notice being issued;

  • 37.6% had at least one Roadworthiness Defect or were committing at least one Traffic Offence resulting in at least a verbal warning;


    Heavy Goods Vehicles

  • Just over 3 in every 4 HGVs checked (77.3%) were assessed as roadworthy and were not committing serious Traffic Offences;

    Of the 633 HGVs checked:

  • 22.7% were issued with a prosecution or prohibition notice regarding a serious Roadworthiness Defect and/or a serious Traffic Offence.

  • 16.0% had at least one serious Roadworthiness Defect resulting in a prosecution or prohibition notice being issued.

  • 9.8% were committing at least one serious Traffic Offence resulting in a prosecution or prohibition notice being issued.

  • 35.4% had at least one Roadworthiness Defect or were committing at least one Traffic Offence resulting in at least a verbal warning.

    Notes to editors:

    1. This is the second reporting by Driver & Vehicle Agency Compliance Survey Statistics. The report is written and issued by Analytical Services Branch in the Department of the Environment.

    2. Headline non-compliance rates were published on 23rd May 2013 in the DVA Compendium of Key Statistics 2012/13.This is a detailed follow up reporting of serious non-compliance relating to Road Worthiness and Traffic Offences for Heavy Goods Vehicles, Taxis and Buses during 2012/13.

    3. The figures are derived from random roadside checks of each vehicle type carried out by the DVA during 2012/13. Figures are based on sample surveys and hence are subject to statistical error.

    4. Updates to these surveys will be reported in future quarterly releases of the DVA Compendium of Key Statistics, which is published on pre-announced release dates, and copies of which are available from the DOE website at: http://www.doeni.gov.uk/index/information/asb/statistics/dva_statistics.htm

    5. Electronic copies of the ‘Driver & Vehicle Agency Compliance Survey Statistics 2012/13’ are available at: http://www.doeni.gov.uk/index/information/asb/statistics/dva_statistics.htm Should this format not be suitable for your needs, hard copies are available free of charge from:

    Analytical Services Branch (DVA)
    DVA Statistics
    Belfast Test Centre
    66 Balmoral Road
    Malone Lower
    Belfast BT12 6QL

    Telephone: (028) 9054 7934
    E-mail: dva.stats@doeni.gov.uk
    Website: http://www.doeni.gov.uk/asb.htm

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