The next stage in the Government’s project to establish a new commercial business model for the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) was announced last week by Stephen Hammond, road safety minister.
The DfT is committed to helping VCA, the UK’s type approval authority, to ‘grow and contribute to the wider economy’. Its preferred option is a joint venture with a private sector partner.
Stephen Hammond said: “All Government departments have been challenged to think about how they can be more innovative in the way they commission and deliver services. 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."
The DfT first set out this proposition for consultation in the Motoring Services Strategy in December 2012. The Department 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.
Contact the DfT on 020 7944 3066 for more information.