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DVSA what we do On 20 June 2013, Stephen Hammond, Minister for Roads, announced that a new single organisation would bring together the services provided by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), was launched in April 2014. Dside inspections • 6000 car MOT site assessments • 91% of testing undertaken at over 450 Authorised Testing Facilities • 57,483 HGV practical driving tests • 8526 PSV practical driving t2, 000 Motorcycle practical riding tests Our commitment in producing a single, clear brand is to set and maintain standards for drivers and vehicles, providing a modern and effi cient service which keeps people and the environment safe. We put the customer at the heart of the organisation, working in partnership with both sister agencies and the private sector. We also use new technology to combine our processes to make them more accessible and convenient, easing the bureaucracy of compliance. The van challenge There are currently over 3.25 million vans on our roads. Public perception about the compliance of these vehicles is still low, but why? Here are just some of the main faults often found at the side of the road by our enforcement offi cers: 1. Overloading 2. Faulty brakes 3. Faulty lights and indicators 4. Faulty tyres 5. Faulty exhausts The driver would probably have known about these faults from the handling of the vehicle or if they’d carried out a walk-around check. The challenge we face is that the number of vans on the road has been rising, yearon year. This may be the result of more deliveries from online shopping orders and minimal regulation, as well as the relatively low cost associated with vans compared to larger goods vehicles. Of course, our traditional approach has been to encourage through enforcement, but we have very little direct funding for LGV enforcement. This is demonstrated by the relatively small numbers of vans we inspect annually, compared to HGVs and PSVs, particularly when you consider how many LGVs are on the road. The challenge is how to engage with van users who don’t usually feature that highly on our agenda. We have launched a website full of useful information. Advice for van drivers It’s important for van drivers to keep their vehicles properly maintained and to make sure they’re aware of what they can do to ensure they’re safe on the road – there are penalties to pay if their vehicles fall foul of the law. Driver behaviour plays a major part in van compliance and, with just a few simple steps, drivers can make improvements. For example, there are three things they can do right away to improve their compliance: • Look at their own procedures and encourage other drivers to take responsibility for their vehicles. • Follow the online walk-around check. • Read the basic guide – Staying legal. Simply laid out and easy to understand, this provides more detailed, formal advice and is designed to be carried in the cab of the vehicle There are also ‘YouTube’ videos available about what to do during a walk-around check. DVSA is determined to the raise standards of van fl eets and, with input and support from key stakeholders, our guides provide useful reference points for people who use vans not only for business, but also for private hire. The guides include an operator and driver checklist, along with a diagram of a van walk-around check. We aim to encourage a culture of compliance leading to a reduction in MOT failures and an improvement in the prohibition rate. Many owners are running small to medium businesses and it must cause inconvenience, especially loss of income, while their vans are off the road. These publications show that a regularly serviced and well maintained vehicle means business is more effi cient, while the risk of letting customers down because they can’t do the job is minimised. Just these few steps will help with van compliance. Please note: the guides off er general information and aren’t legal documents. • 762,000 annual test inspections • 230,000 roadside inspections • 6000 car MOT site assessments • 91% of testing undertaken at over 450 Authorised Testing Facilities • 57,483 HGV practical driving tests • 8526 PSV practical driving tests • 1,580,000 practical car driving tests • 52, 000 Motorcycle practical riding tests Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency | Ground Floor | Berkeley House | Croydon Street | Bristol BS5 0DA Find out more about government services at www.gov.uk/dvsa

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