The new agency replaces the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) with responsibilities for setting, testing and enforcing driver and vehicle standards in Great Britain. This change was originally announced in June, which was followed by a three month consultation period. Transport Minister Robert Goodwill explained: “The two organisations have a history of working closely together and the merger is an opportunity for the DVSA to provide even better and more efficient customer service to motorists and commercial operators. I fully support the new agency and look forward to seeing the DVSA take shape from April 2014. "There will be a gradual introduction of the new agency name ahead of the formal launch in April 2014, with no change to the level or quality of services during the transition period."
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A new agency with responsibility for maintaining vehicle standards, which include motorcycles has been launched today (28 November 2013) as the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).