Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Twenty-Sixth Report


Memorandum from the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions


1. The Committee has asked for a memorandum on the following points-

"Regulation 2(2) increases the fee for the issue of an ADR certificate which has been lost or destroyed by 83.3% from £6 to £11, and the fee for an application for an ADR certificate (where the person does not make an application for another inspection) by 25% from £2 to £2.50. Explain the reasons for these sharp increases."

2. An "ADR certificate" is a special certificate of approval as defined in regulation 2 of the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (Fees) Regulations 1988 (S.I. 1988/370) for road vehicles on international journeys carrying dangerous goods. The Vehicle Inspectorate carries out the examination of all vehicles for which ADR certificates are required. The Inspectorate is an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions. The Inspectorate is also a trading fund and fees from inspection schemes of which the inspection of ADR vehicles is one are prescribed on the basis of gross costs.

3. The increases in the fees for the issue of a replacement ADR certificate and the application for an ADR certificate (where an application for another inspection is not made) are designed to bring fees for ADR inspections into line with other testing and inspection schemes. The new fee reflects the true cost of issuing a replacement document and therefore ensures that the Inspectorate recovers its costs in providing this service. The charges made under regulations 6 and 8(3) of the 1988 Regulations are set to recover the costs involved in providing that service as prescribed in paragraphs 1 to 7 of Schedule 2 to the Department of Transport (Fees) Order 1988. In percentage terms the increases are high but the amounts of actual cash are relatively small. The previous fees did not recover the costs apportioned to those services. There have been two changes in the last five years to the fees for the issue of a replacement ADR certificate and an application for an ADR certificate. In 1997, the fee for a replacement certificate was reduced from £5.70 to £5.50, followed in 2000 by a rise to £6. In 1988, the fee for an ADR application was set at £1.50. In 2000, it was increased to £2.

5 April 2002

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