‘Thorough review’ of testing call, over lack of test slots

first_imgThe Freight Transport Association (FTA), is calling on the Government to undertake a comprehensive review of the MoT market and the way the test is delivered. It comes amid a severe shortage of DVSA testers leading to very long waits for test slots, especially in the south east.The position is made worse as the pay rates for testers are significantly lower than market rates for mechanics with suitable skills, meaning recruitment is not filling the vacancies.FTA’s Director of Policy Elizabeth de Jong says: “Currently, DVSA is not measuring the factors that indicate whether vehicle testing processes are delivering or not, for operators and legislators.”She also suggests the Earned Recognition-status operators should be allowed to conduct their own tests. “We are calling for a full review of the testing function at DVSA and proper consideration of independent testing.”The FTA is also calling on the DVSA to produce KPIs in seven areas to demonstrate the system’s delivery, that would “better inform both DVSA and the industry on the difficulties experienced and how to solve them.”CPT’s Operations Director, Keith McNally told routeone: “CPT continues to work closely with DVSA and several trade associations representing the freight and ATF sectors to develop practical solutions to the on-going difficulties relating to vehicle testing availability. “CPT believes that industry self-testing could form part of an overall solution, but we would want to ensure that safety standards for commercial passenger transport continue to be maintained at the very highest level.”last_img read more

Austrian police probe ‘Hitler’ tweet targeting Sebastian Kurz

first_imgAs of Monday afternoon, neither Kurz nor his party had responded to the tweet. Vienna police responded on Twitter, saying that they had sent word of the tweet to the responsible authorities. Austrian media outlet Der Standard reported that regional counterterrorism and intelligence authorities are investigating the tweet.Österreicher/innen, abonniert TITANIC: https://t.co/MNWLQl2ta3 pic.twitter.com/Y2ouWWqKLV— TITANIC (@titanic) October 16, 2017Titanic retweeted the police’s response, commenting that the “Vienna department for time travel” had contacted them. The magazine’s head editor, Tim Wolff, told media publication Meedia that he had not been directly contacted by Austrian authorities.“We would like to acknowledge that in the case of this joke, there was a problematic crossing of boundaries — namely to Austria, where they are obviously not so nonchalant about their own Nazi past as we good, reformed Germans are,” Wolff said with irony. Austrian authorities are investigating a tweet on Monday by a German satirical magazine, which depicted crosshairs over conservative party leader Sebastian Kurz with the words: “Finally possible: Kill baby Hitler.”The tweet came one day after Kurz’s center-right People’s Party (ÖVP) emerged as the top party in Sunday’s parliamentary election, putting Kurz on course to become Austria’s chancellor.Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria near the German border. The tweet, which also says “time travel in Austria,” appears to be in reference to an age-old thought experiment: If you could go back in time, would you kill baby Hitler?last_img read more