We know a thing or two about driving here at 24-7 Staffing – after all, one of our key sectors is driving, and placing drivers in roles for our many clients.
So we enjoyed reading the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency annual review, which was published recently and throws up a few interesting titbits of information.
Things you may (or may not) want to know from the DVSA
Cheats never prosper! Last year, 126 people were caught using technology (like a Bluetooth earpiece) to cheat at the theory test. A further 118 people were caught impersonating the real candidates in the theory and practical tests.
- 2.1 million theory tests were carried out
- 1.9 million driving tests took place
- DVSA’s official theory test app became Apple’s top paid-for app of 2017
- 37.8 million MOT certificates were issued
- 656,000 heavy goods vehicle tests were carried out
- £3,900,000 was collected in revenue from fixed penalties
- 388 emissions cheat devices were found fitted to large vehicles.
2017 also saw the launch of the DVSA’s new ‘Get MOT Reminders’ service, with 660,000 people now registered. This seems a great idea, as it’s all too easy to forget to have this important – and legally required – check carried out.
DVSA and lorries
We found some interesting information in the annual review which is relevant to our drivers and our haulage clients.
DVSA prioritised the large goods vehicle (LGV) driving test, helping businesses which use large vehicles. It kept waiting times to under two weeks, delivering tests from 77 DVSA tests centres and 77 sites provided by the LGV training industry.
The organisation also met more than 98% of its HGV booking commitments, carrying out some 750,000 lorry, bus and coach tests a year at the UK’s 570 authorised testing facilities.
Under a new scheme, operators with large vehicles who share performance data and can prove they meet DVSA standards are less likely to be stopped for roadside inspections. DVSA calls this ‘earned recognition’ and taking part should saves operators time and money.
In the future, DVSA will be looking into behaviour around drivers’ hours, looking at why some large vehicle drivers take the risk of driving over their hours. In 2016, driving while tired was a factor in 61 accidents involving lorries and buses. Almost a quarter of injuries caused by accidents involving lorries are fatal or serious (compared to one in eight for crashes in general).
The new-look driving test
Finally, it was well publicised when changes were brought into the driving test.
Based on evidence which showed that most collisions happen on high-speed roads, and that learners find independent driving valuable, the new test includes a longer period of independent driving, following a sat nav while driving, and more driving on roads (rather than doing manoeuvres on housing estates).
From June, learners have also been allowed to drive on the motorway during lessons, as long as they are accompanied by an approved driving instructor, in a car fitted with dual controls.
While we’ve had a light-hearted look at the DVSA annual report, there is clearly some interesting information in it and it’s good to know that driving as a skill and driving as part and parcel of everyday life are being taken seriously.
If you are a driver looking for new roles, or are interested in getting into driving, please get in touch with the team here at 24-7 Staffing.