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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) recently published their annual review for the period 2017/18. As well as covering the work done by the DVSA over the last year this review also gives some information on their plans for the coming year. So what can we expect from the DVSA over the next year?
For operators of heavy goods vehicles, the DVSA are planning to extend the MOT reminder service to include HGVs so operators will get an email or text reminder to take their vehicle for a test. They will also be creating new videos and publishing guidance to help drivers of larger vehicles carry out their daily walk round checks and identify defects and signs that could affect vehicle safety.
Also for larger vehicles the DVSA plant to carry out research looking at why some drivers take the risk of driving over their hours. Based on the findings of this research they will then plan a campaign to promote the importance of taking breaks.
Further the DVSA will be looking to expand their use of automatic number plate recognition technology, to provide additional guidance for driving instructors and others regarding use of motorways by learners and to make the driving theory test more accessible.
The DVSA’s annual review can be found on the Gov.Uk website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dvsa-annual-review-2017-to-2018