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DVSA and Traffic Commissioners

DVSA & Traffic Commissioners

What is the role of DVSA and the Traffic Commissioners?

The DVSA is part of the Department for Transport. DVSA provides a range of licensing, testing and enforcement services to try improve the roadworthiness of vehicles to ensure the compliance of operators and drivers with road traffic legislation, and supporting the independent Traffic Commissioners.

Traffic Commissioners are independent of DVSA and  the Department of Transport.  There are Traffic Commissioners for each various regions in Scotland, England and Wales.  

DVSA works with Traffic Commissioners to improve road safety and enforce compliance with commercial operator licensing requirements, the processing of applications for licenses to operate buses and coaches, registering bus services, operating and administering testing schemes for all vehicles including supervision of MOT Tests.  DVSA and the Traffic Commissioners work to enforce the law on vehicles to make sure they comply with the regulations including enforcing Drivers’ Hours Regulations, investigating vehicle accidents and defects.  They also provide training and advice for commercial operators.