Transport Committee Press Notice



The Transport Committee has decided to launch an inquiry into the remit and work of the Department for Transport's Executive Agencies concerned with surface transport - the DVO group (Driving Standards Agency (DSA); Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA); Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA); and Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA)); and the Highways Agency (HA).

The Committee will wish to look at the following issues:

  • The purpose of the agencies and whether the current allocation of responsibilities is appropriate;

  • How the agencies contribute to Departmental objectives and policy;

  • Whether the level of accountability and transparency of the Government's relations with the agencies is appropriate;

  • Whether the agencies' performances are satisfactory and whether they are sufficiently accountable;

  • How the agencies' funding arrangements relate to Government accounts;

  • Whether there is sufficient co-ordination of systems and sharing of information between agencies and with the Government; and

  • Any further relevant matters.

Interested parties are invited to submit written memoranda to the Committee before Monday 9 January 2006.

Memoranda should be a maximum of 6 A4 pages in length.

Please submit a single hard copy of your memorandum by post to the above address, and an electronic version preferably by e-mail to or alternatively on a disk with the hard copy.  If you are unable to submit an electronic version of your memorandum, please take particular care to ensure that your submission is legible. All submissions should be final and complete; the Committee does not accept draft memoranda or subsequent amendments. Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.

Press Notice  17/2005-06  9 December 2005

Dr John Patterson, Clerk of the Committee


Driver Vehicle and Operator (DVO) Group

The DVO Group's strategic priorities are: better services for customers; better compliance; and better value for money

Driving Standards Agency ( DSA) is responsible for testing drivers, motorcyclists and driving instructors fairly and efficiently through the theory test and practical driving test. It also maintains the registers of approved driving instructors (ADIs) and Large Goods Vehicle Instructors and supervises training for learner motorcyclists.

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is responsible for establishing and maintaining an accurate record of all those who are entitled to drive various types of vehicles, together with a register of all vehicles entitled to travel on public roads. These registers allow the DVLA, with the co-operation of its delivery partners, to contribute to 'strategic policy outcomes' by ensuring that only entitled drivers and vehicles are on the road.

Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) is the UK approval authority for the type approval of motor vehicles and components as well as a leading certification body.

Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA) was created following the merger of the Vehicle Inspectorate (VI) and the Traffic Area Network (TAN) division of the Department for Transport (DfT). The aim of the agency is to contribute to the improvement of the road safety and environmental standards, and to the reduction of vehicle crime. For many of its functions, VOSA works in tandem with the Traffic Commissioners

Highways Agency (HA)

The Highways Agency (HA) is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving the strategic road network in England on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport. The HA has a Board, comprising the Chief executive, nine executive directors and three non-executive directors, that is responsible for managing delivery of HA's responsibilities. HA's prime objective is to deliver a high quality service to customers by reducing congestion and improving reliability; improving road safety; respecting the environment; and seeking and responding to feedback from customers. The Agency's slogan is Safe roads, Reliable journeys, Informed travellers.