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What is the DVSA?

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is a government body that:

  • Approves people so they can be driving instructors
  • Approves people so they can be MOT testers
  • Monitors the recall of vehicles

They also carry out:

  • Driving tests and tests that ensure buses and lorries are safe to be driven
  • Roadside checks on both vehicles and drivers

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The History of the Road Safety Test

Approximately 1.6 million road safety tests take place every year. However, not a lot of people know the history of the road safety test.

The Number of UK Drivers

In September 2020, there were approximately 49,395,000 driving licences registered with the DVLA. Just over 41,100,000 of these were full driving licences, and the remainder were provisional driving licences.

Your Legal Obligations

Before you start to learn how to drive, there are a few things you must do. These obligations applying for a driving licence, registering your vehicle, taxing and insuring your vehicle, and, finally, having an MOT.

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Interesting Figures

The DVSA also have a list of priorities, these include:

Detect almost 30,000 traffic offences and defects in roadworthiness within a year.
Honoring 98% of the confirmed tests at authorised testing facilities
Increasing the number of times they act on serious fraud cases, negligence & dishonesty, with regards to MOT cases by 5%.
Offering 80% of all learner drivers a driving test appointment within 6 weeks of requested date.

The Highway Code
Applies to England, Scotland and Wales

The Highway Code is essential reading for everyone.

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