UK driver and vehicle standards are to be set, tested and enforced by a newly-formed agency, it has been announced.
The new Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will replace the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) from next April.
Employing some 4,600 people throughout the country, the agency will be responsible for maintaining vehicle and driver standards.
Transport minister Robert Goodwill said the DSA and VOSA had a history of working together closely, adding that the merger would provide motorists and commercial operators "even better and more efficient customer service".
He said: "I fully support the new agency and look forward to seeing the DVSA take shape from April 2014."
Officials are to gradually introduce the new agency's name during the run-up to its formal launch in April. They say the level and quality of services will remain unchanged during the transition period.
Copyright Press Association 2013