BVRLA calls for motoring agency merger
The Department for Transport could save money and provide a better service for motorists by merging the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, says the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association.
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 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).
“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.”