New vehicle testing app

24 July 2019

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has published its annual review (2018 to 2019) covering its work and listing its achievements with regard to its targets and commitments in areas including vehicle testing, driving tests and preventing pollution.

The report, which can be found at assets.publishing.service.gov.uk, includes details of new services which operators can expect to see in the future.

Of particular interest to public service vehicle (PSV) operators is the section highlighting the planned roll out of the Agency’s new vehicle testing app.

This will allow its vehicle standards assessors (VSAs) to record lorry, bus and coach annual test results in real time. It will replace the multiple, outdated systems which the Agency currently uses.

The report explains that the DVSA has set up the app initially to test and record public service vehicles such as buses and coaches. In this context, it has selected 58 PSV-only authorised testing facility (ATF) sites for the initial rollout.

VSAs working at these sites will, the DVSA predicts, see huge benefits as they will be able to digitally record vehicle test data, thus reducing their time spent on admin tasks.

Furthermore, it will give them immediate access to vehicle and test data, the Agency promises.