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Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

We improve road safety in Great Britain by setting standards for driving and motorcycling, and making sure drivers, vehicle operators and MOT garages follow roadworthiness standards. We also provide a range of licensing, testing, education and enforcement services.

We are responsible for:

  • improving driving skills by setting standards for driving, riding and training and testing people to those standards
  • regulating standards of driving and riding instructors and making sure they’re approved to provide the right types of training
  • regulating the MOT scheme so that garages keep up the right standards to keep vehicles safe on the roads
  • making sure commercial vehicle operators, their drivers and their vehicles meet roadworthiness standards and follow safety rules
  • approving the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence courses that lorry, bus and coach drivers have to take to stay driving legally
  • providing advice, information and education for motorists to help keep all road users safe

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Life at Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency

We employ people across Great Britain as driving examiners, and in a variety of inspection, technical, managerial and support roles.

We employ around 4,600 people in various roles, including:

  • driving examiners carrying out driving tests
  • vehicle standards assessors and inspectors working in testing facilities carrying out vehicle tests
  • traffic examiners working in enforcement, checking vehicles comply with road safety rules and regulations
  • professional and administrative staff working in our administrative offices, and in our customer service, licensing, and training centres




As a public body, we publish regular information about what our equality objectives are and how we’re meeting them. We also publish an analysis of staff diversity in DVSA each year.

We also publish impact assessments. These look at the impact our proposals to change services will have on people in these ‘protected characteristics’ groups:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender
  • gender reassignment
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • pregnancy
  • maternity


Benefits at Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

List of all the benefits that Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Holiday & Time Off
  • Pension Scheme
  • Company Car/Allowance – Grade Dependent
  • Bonus Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

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