Government Announces DVSA Formation

Roads Minister Stephen Hammond launched a new Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency in April.

The agency has been formed by the merger of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). It aims 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 4,000 staff. This year it will:

  • Conduct 1.5 million theory tests and 1.6 million practical driving tests
  • Be responsible for regulating 28 million MOT tests
  • Carry out 137,000 roadside inspections
  • Issue 87,000 operator licences, as well as test and inspect 790,000 commercial vehicles