Market supervision of the vehicle inspection market
The Swedish Transport Agency’s task is, according to the vehicle act, to control that the inspection market works well with respect to road safety, environment, price trend, technical development and accessibility. Vehicle Act (2010:39). The market was opened for competition in July 2010.
Six officials are engaged in this work. Four of them work mainly with supervision visits at inspection stations around the country, two work mainly with quality and market analysis. The work consists of three pillars: quality analysis, market analysis and spot test.
- Quality analysis: The inspection result from the different inspection bodies is analysed by means of a supervision database and a Business Intelligence (BI) tool. Analyses are made from different perspectives, eg. inspection body, geographic area and type of inspection (road worthiness, registration, moped and expedience).
- Market analysis: The analysis is based on the information reported by the inspection bodies to the Swedish Transport Agency. Other sources of information are webpages and closing of the books with respect to eg. accessibility, profitability, productivity and efficiency. Furthermore other methods, for example vehicle owner surveys, can be used to obtain reliable information.
- Spot test: The spot tests are divided into statistic and practical spot tests. The statistic test is based on information in the supervision database. The practical test is carried out by a visit to one specific inspection station.
According to the vehicle act the Swedish Transport Agency is enjoined to report the result of the supervision and monitoring to Swedac* and the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications.
*Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment.