DVSA launches to replace DSA and VOSA

New body tasked with overseeing MOT and driver services

Published:  02 April, 2014

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has been launched by roads minister Stephen Hammond

Replacing VOSA and the DSA, bringing both together under one department, the aim of the DVSA is 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.

The department will replace VOSA as the regulator of the UK MOT; however the move will have no direct impact on test centres other than a change of name. The DVSA will be responsible for regulating 28 million MOT tests and will carry out 137,000 roadside inspections this year.

DVSA Chief Executive, Alastair Peoples, comments: "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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