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Vosa and the Driving Standards Agency to merge in 2014

  • 20 June 2013
  • By Christopher Walton

Vosa and the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) are to merge into a single government agency from next year.

Services ranging from vehicle testing to driving tests will be handled by an as-yet un-named agency from 2014 but the Department for Transport (DfT) said that all users of both Vosa and DSA services should expect the same high quality delivery during the transition period.

A transitional board, headed by Vosa chief executive Alastair Peoples [pictured], who will head the new agency, will start work next month to determine the structure of the organisation.

Peoples and transitional board will oversee the two agencies which will continue in their current form for at least the next 12 months. By that time the DfT expects the detail of the structural reorganisation to be complete.

Peoples said: “I welcome the opportunity of working with both agencies to bring together the vital road safety services we provide.
 
“The aim of combining the two agencies is to remove duplication of functions, improve efficiency and give our customers a simpler framework of agencies in which to work with. I will now begin the process of working with staff and stakeholders to develop proposals to combine the work of Vosa and DSA.
 
“We will continue to provide a quality service and the same level of professionalism while taking forward this work”.

Roads minister Stephen Hammond said: “ We need to make sure that we continue to keep pace with customers’ needs and deliver services in a way which is both convenient and cost effective.

“These changes will put customers at the heart of the services they rely on and allow for a more coherent approach to service delivery. By bringing testing and standards services into a single organisation we will make life easier for customers and potentially reduce the fees we charge.”

He added: “Staff at the DSA and Vosa do a great job in delivering for customers every day and we will work closely with them to support them through these changes.”

Rosemary Thew, DSA chief executive, will leave the agency at the end of the month.

The announcement of the merger follows the consultation on the motoring services strategy which ran from 13 December 2012 to 7 March.

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