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Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
Abbreviation DVSA
Formation 1 April 2014
Type Government agency (Trading fund)
Purpose Setting driving and vehicle standards
Region served
Great Britain
Interim Chief Executive
Paul Satoor[1]
Main organ
Directing board
Parent organization
Department for Transport
Affiliations DVLA, VCA, Highways England
Website /

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is an executive agency of the UK Department for Transport (DfT).

The agency was formally launched on 1 April 2014, taking over the responsibilities of the Driving Standards Agency and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.[1][2]

The responsibilities of DVSA only cover Great Britain. In Northern Ireland the same role is carried out by the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA).


  • Aims and objectives 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Aims and objectives

DVSA sets the standards for drivers and vehicles in Great Britain. It tests and enforces those standards through the driving test and the MOT scheme.[3]

It is responsible for:

  • setting the standard for safe and responsible driving and riding
  • carrying out theory and practical driving tests for all types of motor vehicles
  • maintaining the register of approved driving instructors
  • approving training bodies and instructors to provide compulsory basic training and direct access scheme courses for motorcyclists
  • running the tests that allow people to join and stay on the voluntary register of large goods vehicle instructors
  • running the tests that allow people to join and stay on the voluntary register of driver trainers who train drivers of car and van fleets
  • setting the standards for the drink-drive rehabilitation scheme, running the scheme and approving the courses that offenders can take
  • conducting annual testing of lorries, buses and trailers through authorised testing facilities (ATFs) and goods vehicle testing stations (GVTS)
  • conducting routine and targeted checks on vehicles, drivers and operators ensuring compliance with road safety legislation and environmental standards
  • supervising the MOT scheme so that over 20,000 authorised garages carry out MOT tests to the correct standards
  • providing administrative support to the Traffic Commissioners in considering and processing applications for licenses to operate lorries, buses, coaches and registered bus services
  • conducting post-collision investigations
  • monitoring products for manufacturing or design defects, highlighting safety concerns and monitoring safety recalls
  • providing a range of educational and advisory activities to promote road safety

See also


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^
  3. ^

External links

  • Official website
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