VOSA & DSA Merge


VOSA & DSA Merge

Back in April 2014 two government led motoring agencies were combined to increase efficiency in time and spend.

Who Are VOSA And What Do They Do?

VOSA or the Vehicle & Operator Services Agency was an executive agency granted trading fund status in the United Kingdom and sponsored by the Department for Transport of the United Kingdom Government. It was announced on 20 June 2013 that VOSA would merge with the Driving Standards Agency into a single agency in 2014.

Who Are The DSA And What Do They Do?

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) was an executive agency of the UK Department for Transport (DfT). The DSA promoted road safety in Great Britain by improving driving and motorcycling standards. It set standards for education and training, as well as carrying out theory and practical driving and riding tests.

VOSA & DSA Merge Into DVSA

The combined service, the DVSA have a broad range of responsibilities, including processing licence applications to operate lorries and buses, operating the testing schemes for all vehicles, and enforcing the law on vehicles to ensure that they comply with the governments legal standards and regulations.

The DVSA also enforce drivers’ hours and licensing requirements, provide a training resource and give advice for commercial operators, investigate vehicle accidents, defects and recalls, as well as run tests for instructors of LGV’s (large goods vehicles), as well as driver trainers.

The DVSA Supervises The MOT Scheme, Keeping Garages in Check

  • Authorising MOT Testing Stations and approving MOT Testers
  • Setting standards for MOT Testing and for authorising of the MOT Testing Station and MOT Testers
  • Training Authorised Examiners and MOT Testers
  • Ensuring that MOT Testing Stations maintain the required standards by visiting premises and carrying out checks
  • Taking disciplinary action or giving guidance and advice where standards are not being maintained
  • Dealing with appeals and complaints from the public about MOT Test quality
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