A new agency with responsibility for maintaining vehicle standards was launched late last year (28 November 2013) as the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), Transport Minister Robert Good announced.
The new agency, which employs 4,600 people throughout the UK, will replace the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) with responsibilities for setting, testing and enforcing driver and vehicle standards in Great Britain.
Robert Goodwill said:
In June the department announced that (DSA) and (VOSA) would merge to form a new agency. This decision was made following the motoring services strategy consultation, and is a demonstration of the government’s commitment to put customers and businesses at the heart of its services.
The two organisations have a history of working closely together and the merger is an opportunity for the (DVSA) to provide even better and more efficient customer service to motorists and commercial operators. I fully support the new agency and look forward to seeing the (DVSA) take shape from April 2014.
There will be a gradual introduction of the new agency name ahead of the formal launch in April 2014, with no change to the level or quality of services during the transition period.
DSA and VOSA will be incorporated within the new agency and the new branding will reflect this until their services and trading funds are brought together over the next financial year.
DSA improves road safety in Great Britain by setting standards for driving and motorcycling, and for the education and training of drivers and riders. The agency also carries out driving and riding tests.
VOSA provides a range of licensing, testing and enforcement services with the aim of improving the road worthiness standards of vehicles, ensuring the compliance of operators and drivers with road traffic legislation, and supporting the independent Traffic Commissioners.
The DVSA will have a broad range of responsibilities, including processing applications for licences to operate lorries and buses, operating testing schemes for all vehicles, and enforcing the law on vehicles to ensure that they comply with legal standards and regulations.