HC Deb 17 October 1994 vol 248 cc93-5W
Ms Walley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the extent of non-compliance with vehicle construction and use regulations in respect of motor vehicle emissions.

Mr. Norris

An assessment to the year ending 31 March 1994 of the vehicles failing to comply with the in-use emissions requirements of the construction and use regulations is given in the table. For light duty vehicles, the assessment is based on returns from MOT test stations–2 per cent. sample—and for public service and heavy goods vehicles, from annual test statistics.

Vehicle Number tested Number failing emissions test
Cars, other passenger vehicles up to 12 seats and light goods vehicle up to 3T 21,244,344 1,636,739(7.7 per cent.)
Private passenger vehicles over 12 seats 23,510 531 (2.26 per cent.)
Light goods vehicles over 3T and up to 3.5T 214,255 13,989 (6.53 per cent.)
Public Service Vehicles 86,254 2,328 (2.7 per cent.) 13,827
Heavy Goods Vehicles 576,121 13,827 (2.4 per cent.)

Ms Walley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints about excessively smokey vehicles have been referred to the vehicle inspectorate in the last five years.

Mr. Norris

Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Vehicle Inspectorate under its chief executive, Ron Oliver. He has written to the hon. Member.

Letter from Ron Oliver to Ms Joan Walley, dated 20 July 1994:

SMOKEY VEHICLES You recently asked a parliamentary question about the number of complaints the Department of Transport had received concerning smoky vehicles. Because the Vehicle Inspectorate (VI) has operational responsibility for this matter I have been asked to reply. VI coordinate the Smokey Vehicle Hotline. This service allows members of the public, and other interested bodies, to report vehicles seen producing excessive smoke. The scheme was set up in 1991 and since then 8,259 complaints have been received. A breakdown of the total is given below:

Year Number
1991–92 1,484
1992–93 2,481
1993–94 2,888
1994–951 1,407
Total 8,249
1To date
I hope this answers your question but if you have any further queries about this, or other operational matters relating to VI, please write to me.

Ms Walley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in how many cases operator licences have been (i) raised or (ii) withdrawn because of complaints about excessive smoke in the last five years.

Mr. Norris

Such information is not available.

Ms Walley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for legislation to require local authorities to carry out spot checks of polluting vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

Dr. Mawhinney

We have no such plans. We are concentrating our efforts on improving current enforcement techniques through better targeting and publicity, and through increased public awareness. I made an announcement about this on 11 October and a copy has been placed in the Library.

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