BVRLA Calls For Motoring Agency Merger

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The Department for Transport could save money and provide a better service for motorists by merging the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

As part of the reorganisation, the BVRLA believes that DVLA should assume all responsibility for vehicle and driver record-keeping, while VOSA concentrates on enforcement.

This sensible approach would see MOT and commercial vehicle Annual Test data transferred to DVLA, while fines for Vehicle Excise Duty evasion, continuous insurance enforcement and continuous registration would be overseen by VOSA.

A combined agency would be fronted by a single online gateway. For businesses and motorists, this would result in them only having to deal with one online portal whether they were registering a vehicle, taxing it, putting it through an MOT or Annual Test or disposing of it.

"We believe that this root and branch review would deliver real efficiencies for government by streamlining enforcement and back-office systems," said BVRLA legal and policy director Jay Parmar.

"It would foster a more joined-up approach to motoring policies and lead to better sharing of information, while creating a one-stop-shop for motorists and fleet operators."

The BVRLA made its suggestions in its response to a government consultation on the future of the DfT's executive transport agencies, which include the DVLA, VOSA, the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) and Driver Standards Agency (DSA).

Both VOSA and the DVLA have been tasked with providing more digital and customer-friendly services, improving the testing regime and saving money.
The DVLA is already considering the BVRLA's suggestion for eliminating the need to display a tax disc. VOSA hopes the introduction of privately-run Authorised Testing Facilities will improve the provision of commercial vehicle annual testing, but the BVRLA still believes that the agency needs to go further by accrediting non-VOSA technicians to provide tests.

"There is huge potential for these government agencies to work more efficiently, cut red tape and improve customer service," said Parmar.
"The government is slowly moving in the right direction and we will keep applying pressure to ensure that they deliver."

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About the BVRLA:
he British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association is the national trade body for companies engaged in the leasing and rental of cars and commercial vehicles. Its members provide short-term rental, contract hire and fleet management services to corporate users and consumers. They operate a combined fleet of around 2.75 million cars, vans and trucks, buying nearly half of all new vehicles sold in the UK. Through its members and their customers, the BVRLA represents the interests of more than two million business car drivers and the millions of people who use a rental vehicle each year. As well as lobbying the government on key issues affecting the sector, the BVRLA regulates its members through a mandatory code of conduct.
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