Final HGV tested at Kidderminster site

Kidderminster Shuttle: Last test: Terry Ward, vehicle inspector, hands over the paperwork for the last full HGV test to pass through the Kidderminster station. Last test: Terry Ward, vehicle inspector, hands over the paperwork for the last full HGV test to pass through the Kidderminster station.

THE last Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) MoT test has passed through the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency’s (VOSA's) Kidderminster Testing Station after 45 years of testing at the site.

VOSA is in the process of ceasing testing at its own testing stations nationally but is to continue testing at private sector facilities to bring testing closer to vehicle operators by having more testing stations. That is intended to reducethe distance HGV vehicle operators have to travel for an MoT test, so saving on travel time and fuel.

Long-term plans for the site are yet to be decided but for the time being Road Traffic Enforcement staff, together with MoT Training, Vehicle Identity Check and Individual Vehicle Approval schemes, will continue to operate from the site. No jobs will be lost as staff are being deployed to the private sector testing facilities while continuing to be employed by VOSA.

VOSA is a Government executive agency within the Department for Transport and is in the process of merging with the Driving Standards Agency (DSA. As part of the merger, the twoaAgencies became a single named agency - the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

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