DVSA publishes five-year strategy to boost road safety31 March 2017

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has published a five-year strategy for 2017-2022, in which it sets out “ambitious plans” to improve road safety.

The strategy (click the link below) focuses on more enforcement of dangerous vehicles and drivers, as well as enhanced MOT tests. DVSA says it will ensure services such as MOT testing can adjust to new vehicle technology, including driverless cars.

Road safety minister Andrew Jones says: “We have some of the safest roads in the world but we are always looking at ways of making them safer... [The] strategy will help keep motorists safe, reducing pressure on the NHS and emergency services, keep traffic moving and keep our economy growing.”

Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA chief executive, adds: “Our five-year strategy sets out our ambitious plans to modernise the driving test, raise vehicle standards and take dangerous drivers and vehicles off our roads.

“We’ll do this through a range of measures designed to help those who choose to use our roads safely, legally and responsibly and tackle those who regularly and deliberately flout the law.”

The agency has also published its annual business plan, setting out which parts of the strategy it will take forward in 2017 to 2018.

Early priorities for the first year include: implementing the outcome of the public consultation on potential changes to the practical driving test; enhancing the MOT process to give customers better information; and targeting non-compliant and dangerous commercial drivers and operators.

Laura Cork

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