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DVSA fee changes decision still on hold

  • 07 July 2014
  • By Robin Meczes

The DVSA has still not made a decision about proposals to increase its fees for a range of services, including vehicle testing, more than a year after a consultation on the matter ended.

The consultation, which ran from 30 April to 11 June last year, suggested a raft of new fees might take effect by the end of 2013, including rises of 15% to 20% in various charges for annual vehicle tests at DVSA test stations.

Also proposed, in an attempt to redistribute costs more fairly between vehicle operators using DVSA test stations and those using authorised testing facilities (ATFs), was a 1% to 3% reduction in the agency’s charges to ATFs for provision of DVSA testing staff.

However, more than a year after the consultation ended it is still not clear if the new fees will be implemented. A DVSA spokesman told CM: “The government is still considering its response to the consultation. We will announce the outcome in due course.”

No reason for the delay was given. However, in January this year another DVSA spokesman told CM it was “submitting final impact assessments for review” and that it was “likely to be early 2014” before an update would be issued.

ATF Operators Association president Stephen Smith said he was frustrated by the delay. At a recent meeting with the DVSA, said Smith, DVSA chief operating officer for vehicle testing and enforcement, Alex Fiddes, said there were 16 stages in the agency’s decision-making process. “He [Fiddes] said that’s why decisions are made so slowly.”


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