Transport Robert Goodwill announced the launch of the Driving and Vehicles Standards Agency (DSVA) yesterday. The new agency will replace the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).

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.”

Over the next few months the existing agencies will gradually merge up until their official launch in April 2014.

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 roadworthiness standards of vehicles, ensuring the compliance of operators and drivers with road traffic legislation, and supporting the independent Traffic Commissioners.

The merger was announced earlier this year after a three month consultation.

Alastair Peoples, who is the chief executive of both agencies, will become the chief executive of the single agency.