About us

We carry out driving tests, approve people to be driving instructors and MOT testers, carry out tests to make sure lorries and buses are safe to drive, carry out roadside checks on drivers and vehicles, and monitor vehicle recalls.


We’re responsible for:

  • carrying out theory tests and driving tests for people who want to drive cars, motorcycles, lorries, buses and coaches, and specialist vehicles
  • approving people to be driving instructors and motorcycle trainers, and making sure they provide good-quality training
  • approving people to be MOT testers, approving the centres they work in, and testing lorries, buses and coaches ourselves
  • carrying out roadside checks on commercial drivers to make sure they follow safety rules and keep their vehicles safe to drive
  • monitoring recalls of vehicles, parts and accessories to make sure that manufacturers fix problems quickly
  • approving training courses for qualified drivers, such as Driver Certificate of Professional Competence courses for lorry, bus and coach drivers, and drink-drive rehabilitation courses
  • supporting the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain and the Northern Ireland transport regulator to license and monitor companies who operate lorries, buses and coaches, and to register local bus services


In 2017 to 2018, our main priorities are to:

  • create plans, including success measures, for our 3 strategic themes of helping you through a lifetime of safe driving, helping you keep your vehicle safe to drive, and protecting you from unsafe drivers and vehicles
  • offer 80% of candidates a car driving test appointment within 6 weeks of their preferred date
  • increase the number of MOT cases where we act on serious fraud, dishonesty or negligence by 15%
  • improve the availability of online data about vehicle recalls
  • increase the number of serious roadworthiness defects and traffic offences detected by 15% compared to our 2016 to 2017 target
  • make efficiency savings of £8.6 million

Who we are

We help you stay safe on Great Britain’s roads by:

  • helping you through a lifetime of safe driving
  • helping you keep your vehicle safe to drive
  • protecting you from unsafe drivers and vehicles

We employ around 4,600 people across Great Britain to do this. They include:

  • driving examiners
  • vehicle standards assessors
  • vehicle examiners
  • traffic examiners
  • customer service agents
  • registration and licensing officers
  • digital services and technology experts
  • corporate services experts, such as communications, finance and HR

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