Last reviewed 14 April 2023
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has launched its “vision to 2030”, setting out what needs to be done to keep Britain moving safely and sustainably.
Available here and applying to England, Scotland and Wales, the document sets out the guiding principles and what the Agency must achieve to tackle the highest priority challenges.
At the moment, the DVSA carries out MOTs and specialist tests for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), buses and trailers.
By 2030, it must: adapt driving standards for vehicles with self-driving features; adapt theory tests and driving tests for vehicles with self-driving features; review the MOT model for HGVs, buses and trailers; and make sure vehicle approval tests allow new vehicle technology to be trialled and rolled out across the country.
DVSA Chief Executive, Loveday Ryder, said: “The transformative plans in these documents demonstrate our drive for more efficient services. We will always keep looking for ways to build on this to support the government’s ambitions.”
The vision focuses on outcomes that help make a real and lasting difference to everyone living in Great Britain, she went on.
It will guide work to help the road haulage industry become more efficient and keep supply chains resilient, helping everyone with the cost of living. It will also help to create 38,000 jobs in the self-driving vehicle industry and help reduce air pollution from road transport, as human-made air pollution causes between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths every year.
DVSA’s vision to 2030 is supported by a strategic plan to 2025 which can be found here. This sets out the most immediate priorities to “help you keep your vehicle safe to drive”.
It sets out that, over the next two years, the DVSA will increase capacity of HGV driver Skills Bootcamps and driving tests and will assign new account managers for quick, easy HGV/PSV test booking.
The Agency will also support and audit partner sites that carry out off-road exercise tests for HGV and bus drivers.