The United Kingdom’s Vehicle Inspectorate and Traffic and Network will merge into a single agency, secretary of state for transport David Jamieson said recently in parliament.

The new agency will be one of four in the Driver, Vehicle and Operator (DVO) group of agencies in the D for Transport (DfT).

The new DVO hasn’t yet been given a formal name but DfT is searching for a director general and expect to make an appointment by year’s end.

The other agencies in group are the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency, the Driving Standards Agency and the Vehicle Certification Agency.

The aim behind the changes is to better co-ordination and customer service for the road transport industry.

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The UK’s regional Traffic Commissioners will stay wholly independent of the new agency but should benefit from better co-ordinated support.