Ministers must explain how merger of the DSA and VOSA will improve services and safety


Richard Burden MP, Labour’s Shadow Roads Minister, responding to the Government’s merger of the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) into the DVSA said:

“Ministers are out of touch if they think announcing a new name is the same as making real improvements to safety on our roads.  

There are already concerns about delays to vehicle testing, which is costing hard pressed businesses time and money, and cuts to safety checks putting people on the roads at risk. Ministers are also keeping people in the dark by refusing to publish basic data on bus safety and performance. 

The Government must explain how this merger will improve services and VOSA’s ability to enforce road safety.”

A Written Ministerial Statement on the 28 November 2012  announced the Department for Transport’s intention to name the newly merged Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) as the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). 

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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