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budget surplus funds better DVSA services/road safety

DVSA has announced a five-year strategy to help motorists and bikers stay safe on Britain’s roads

It has published a strategy and business plan which sets out a range of commitments we’ve made to improve road safety, user experience and value for money.

DVSA has set a budget for 2017 to 2018 that will deliver a surplus of £1.4 million. It says that during 2016 to 2017 it generated a larger than planned surplus. This resulted from various underspends on staff and accommodation costs due to delayed recruitment and deferred maintenance spend.

“We intend to invest the surplus to improve our services as part of the delivery of the five-year strategy. Specifically, in the coming financial year, we plan to utilise the surplus to fund continuing investment in the MOT service, against the background of ongoing consultation on a move to a first test date of four years from three years. We plan to invest in our driver and rider services, particularly in the digital platforms that underpin their delivery to our customers; as well as large scale upgrade and replacement of outsourced legacy technology estate, including services for our commercial vehicle customers; and modernisation of the theory test.

“DVSA will improve its services to customers and over time the savings from modernised systems and new ways of working will enable DVSA to balance income and costs more closely. We will manage the transition to new processes and new ways of working for HR, finance, procurement and payroll services through the centralisation and standardisation of support functions following migration to a new shared services platform during 2017 to 2018.”

Read the DVSA’s 5-year strategy and business plan.

Among other interesting snippets, the plan reveals that the forecast for the number of people sitting the motorcycle theory test in 2016-2017 is 88,000, rising to 91,000 between 2017 and 2018.

The equivalent mod 1 tests are 63,900 rising to 66,000 and, mod 2 test, 62,700 rising to 63,900.

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