Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency Responsibilities
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has been launched to improve road safety through a variety of measures. These include setting standards for driving/riding, plus ensuring that vehicles are roadworthy. Other priorities include improving the take-up of digital services and minimising its carbon emissions. It also plans to complete an initial redesign of the MOT system during 2014/2015. The Agency incorporates the Driving Standards Agency and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and should – it is hoped – be more efficient than its predecessors as it “further explores ways of providing innovative, convenient services”. As such, more than four thousand staff have assumed the wide range of responsibilities that were once performed by the defunct departments.
These include “improving driving competency through:
developing, publishing and reviewing evidence-based standards for driving and riding and for driver and rider training and also for remedial programmes, such as drink-drive rehabilitation,
developing and carrying out driving and riding tests and assessments fairly, consistently and efficiently,
effective regulation of standards and maintaining the integrity of the statutory registers of approved driving and riding instructors and Driver Certificate of Professional Competence.
Ensuring the compliance of commercial operators, drivers and vehicles with road-worthiness standards and road safety regulations through the delivery of authorisation and vehicle testing services and provision of information, advice and education.
Taking enforcement action against candidates, instructors, trainers, operators, garages or commercial drivers who are non-compliant”.
As such, every year the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency will:
“conduct 1.5 million theory tests and 1.6 million practical driving tests regulate 28 million MOT tests and 46,000 driving instructors and motorcycle trainers carry out 137,000 roadside inspections test and inspect 790,000 commercial vehicles issue 87,000 goods and passenger vehicle operator licences.”
Roads Minister Discusses Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
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.”
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency Boss Discusses Launch
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency Chief Executive, Alastair Peoples, added: “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.”