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DVSA to explore more opportunities for ATFs

  • 04 April 2014
  • By Ashleigh Wight

The DVSA believes there will eventually be double the current number of authorised testing facilities (ATFs), which currently stands at 400, and it is looking to offer more services to hauliers under the newly-formed agency.

At the launch of the DVSA earlier this week, chief executive Alastair Peoples said that although there is no limit as to how many ATFs there can be, he believed that some 800 sites would be fit for purpose to serve the UK vehicle parc.

“Nearly 80% of all the work that we do is now done at ATFs,” Peoples said. “There’s no limit on the number of ATFs and people need to look at their own business model [before deciding on becoming one]. We recognise that at the end of this there will probably be a natural tailing off, [but] there will be double the number there are now.”

He said the merger between what was Vosa and the Driving Standards Agency has also enabled it to explore opportunities to offer more services at ATFs and its own sites.

“Clearly the merger brings both challenges an opportunities because while it was clear cut in terms of vehicle testing, now with driver testing in the same area there is an opportunity to join up and please both sides,” Peoples said.

“We’re already taking to some of those ATFs about taking on additional work. It could be IVA [individual vehicle approval] work, driving tests, or clearance of prohibitions,” he added.

The DVSA will be continuing with Vosa’s Next Generation Testing programme, which was launched as a pilot in south Wales earlier this year.

“We want to continue with a new model. It’s the only way to work with the 400 new places as opposed to the 68 that we have” said Peoples.

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/dvsa-to-explore-more-opportunities-for-atfs