Transport for London (TfL) and the Vehicle Operator Standards Agency (VOSA) recently signed an agreement for sharing information as part of its ongoing work to reduce the impact of dangerous and unroadworthy vehicles in London.
The agreement will pave the way to allow TfL to provide details of every commercial vehicle involved in breakdowns and overheight collisions within the Blackwall Tunnel to VOSA.
Currently, TfL write to the owner (rather than the driver) of a commercial vehicle that causes an incident within the Blackwall Tunnel. However, this is only possible where the owner’s details appear in the livery of a vehicle, which often only occurs in a handful of cases. By providing the vehicle details to VOSA, more direct and appropriate action can be taken against the owners of these vehicles.
In addition, TfL has invested in a new site office on the Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach, which will be used by VOSA and the Met Police to carry out enforcement activity. A new automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) and weigh-in-motion system has also been installed on the A2 to identify potentially overweight vehicles in advance of approaching the tunnel.
Vehicles that are identified as potentially overweight will then be accurately weighed and inspected at the new site office. More than 3000 vehicles have been inspected by officers in the last 20 months, of which more than 400 were found to be overweight.
Sir Peter Hendy CBE, TfL said: “Our new agreement with VOSA will allow us to work even more closely together than before. Traffic disruption and delays caused by unnecessary breakdowns or incidents are a pain for everyone, and this partnership working will help improve traffic flow on one of the busiest routes in the capital.