Next stage in new VCA
Progress has been made in the Government’s project to establish a new commercial business model for the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), the country’s type approval authority. DfT has committed to looking at how it could enable the VCA to grow and contribute to the wider economy, while continuing to provide a high quality and trusted service. The Department first set out this proposition for consultation in the Motoring Services Strategy in December last year. It is now going to start a market engagement exercise to further test the preferred option of a joint venture with a private sector partner. A decision is expected in the autumn on whether to proceed with a formal procurement.
Roads Minister, Stephen Hammond, said, ‘We have examined the VCA business model and tested a range of options to enable the business to grow and contribute to the wider economy whilst continuing to deliver its statutory functions and providing a high quality service to customers. The new commercial model should also offer new opportunities to VCA staff, who are essential to the continued success of the business in the long term.’