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Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is launched today. 02/04/14


The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is launched today by the Roads Minister Stephen Hammond.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) have now been merged into a single body that will be responible for setting, testing and enforcing driver and vehicle standards in Great Britain.

Every year the DVSA:

  • Regulates 28 million MOT tests and 46,000 driving instructors and motorcycle trainers

  • Tests and inspects 790,000 commercial vehicles

  • Conducts 1.5 million theory tests and 1.6 million practical driving tests

  • Issues 87,000 goods and passenger vehicle operator licences

  • Carries out 137,000 roadside inspections


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.”

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.”
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