§ Mr. Pawsey
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 24 October,Official Report, column 398, what plans he has for a press campaign to promote the smoky vehicle hotline.
§ Mr. Norris
The number of hotline calls received has significantly increased since the leaflet explaining the reporting procedure has been included in vehicle excise licence renewal notices.
I am confident that the recent announcements by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State about targeted emissions enforcement checks will help further increase public awareness.
We will review the need for further press announcements in due course.1034W
automation in vehicle testing work and better targeting of roadside enforcement.
ii. Roadside Enforcement
The Inspectorate targets the majority of its work. Whilst we try to examine at least some vehicles from all operators, we also try to concentrate activities on those most likely to be operating illegally.
In 1993–94, the last full year for which the information is available, vehicle examiners spent a total of 60.89 man years on roadside vehicle checks. VI testing staff carried out an additional 3.93 man years in clearing prohibitions issued by our vehicle examiners.
VI staff spent 64.88 man years on traffic enforcement checks at the roadside plus an additional 5.7 man years at ports.
I hope the above information is adequate, but if you would like to discuss the issues in more detail please contact Mrs. Jean Frary on 0117 9543211 who will arrange a convenient appointment.
Vehicle examiners Grade 27 October 1994 SPTO 36 HPTO 83 PTO 390 AVE 83 Total 592
Traffic Examiners Grade 27 October 1994 Enforcement Co-ordinator 5 Supervising Traffic Examiner — Senior Traffic Examiner 25 Traffic Examiner 161 Total 191