From this month, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) merge to become one to form a new service for motoring services.
The new agency, Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) was officially formed yesterday by Roads Minister Stephen Hammond.
DVSA will be responsible for services including driving tests, goods and passenger vehicle testing, operator licensing and the supervision of MOTs.
The merger came about after a consultation last year that looked at how the government can reform services in the motoring industry to put the customers at the heart of it all and to see how costs could be reduced and services delivered more consistently.
Alastair Peoples, DVSA chief executive, 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.”
He added: “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.”
The merger comes as the foreign language voiceovers and interpreters’ option on driving tests is banned. This change will come into effect from 7 April 2014.
This service is being cancelled after concerns were raised over road safety implications, the risk of fraud and the costs of providing translations.
This month also sees the launch of the standards check for driving instructors.
For more details about the merger and DVSA visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/driver-and-vehicle-standards-agency