§ Mr. Hayman
asked the Minister of Transport how many garages have been licensed for testing road vehicles over ten years old; and how many licences have been revoked because of unsatisfactory testing.
§ Mr. Marples
Since the vehicle testing scheme was introduced 16,063 garages have been approved for operation as testing stations by authorised examiners appointed under Section 65 of the Road Traffic Act, 1960. Of these 464 have ceased to operate as a result of voluntary withdrawal, cessation of business, or for other reasons. I have withdrawn authorisation from five others because of unsatisfactory operation.