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VOSA & DSA merger to bring more convenient services

The merger brings together a range of motoring services including driving tests, goods and passenger vehicle testing, operator licensing and the supervision of MOTs and is intended to provide more convenient and cost effective services for motorists.

The merger follows a consultation last year looking at how the government can reform its motoring services agencies to put customers first, reduce costs and improve consistency.

DVSA will be responsible for setting, testing and enforcing driver and vehicle standards in Great Britain and employs more than four thousand staff. This year it will conduct 1.5 million theory tests and 1.6 million practical driving tests; it will be responsible for regulating 28 million MOT tests and will carry out 137,000 roadside inspections; it will issue 87,000 operator licences and will test and inspect 790,000 commercial vehicles.

Announcing the launch of DVSA, 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, Alastair Peoples said: ‘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.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.