THE NEW DVSA IS ANNOUNCED
THE FORMAL LAUNCH IS IN APRIL
A replacement for the DSA has been announced today with the responsibility for maintaining vehicle standards in the UK. Transport minister Robert Goodwill announced its launch today. Instead of the DSA its new moniker will be DVSA or Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.
The new agency will replace the DSA Driving Standards Agency and the Vehicle and Operator Service Agency VOSA, combining them under the one umbrella of the new DVSA.
Currently the DSA's job is to improve road safety in Britain by setting and maintaining the standards for driving and motorcycling and getting involved in driver and rider training including the administration and carrying out of driving and motorcycle riding tests.
VOSA concentrates on a range of testing and enforcement of roadworthiness of vehicles making sure that all vehicles comply with safety standards and road traffic legislation.
In its new combined role the DVSA will employ 4,600 staff throughout the UK.
Transport minister Robert Goodwill said:
"In June the department announce that DSA and VOSA would merge to form a new agency. This decision was made following the motoring sercvices strategy consultation, and is a demonstration of the governments 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."
The official launch will be in April of next year but the name will be phazed in gradually beforehand. The quality of the service will remain intact throughout the phasing in period and after the launch.
Information from DVLA website
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