DVSA Launched

The government has announced the formal launch of the new Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

The new agency, which launched on 2nd April 2014, combines the functions of the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).  The merger brings together a wide portfolio of motoring services under one banner, employing over four thousand people and is aiming to provide a more efficient and convenient range of services to motorists.

The merger was announced after a consultation last year in which the government reviewed its motoring services agencies in a bid to both reduce costs and provide a better service to taxpayers.

The DVSA will be responsible for theory and practical driving tests and expects to carry out over 3 million tests in 2014.  It will also be responsible for regulating vehicle testing and will oversee the 28 million MOT tests carried out in the UK this year.

In addition to consumer testing, the agency will issue over eighty seven thousand operator licences and will inspect over seven hundred and ninety thousand commercial vehicles.

Commenting on the launch, Roads Minister Stephen Hammond said:

The creation of DVSA builds on the vital work that has already been done to improve road safety and offer modern, cost effective services for motorists. The merged agency offers the opportunity to increase efficiency and further explore ways of providing innovative, convenient services.

DVSA Chief Executive Alistair Peoples added:

By bringing testing and standards services into a single agency, we will make life easier for customers by putting them at the heart of the services they rely on and providing a more coherent approach to service delivery.

The two former agencies were already undertaking work to make driver and vehicle testing more flexible and convenient for customers. DVSA will continue to keep pace with customers’ needs and deliver services in a way which is both convenient and cost effective.


Category: Motoring News