The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is putting its vehicle inspectors through a new training and assessment programme which is quality assured by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). Successful achievement of the programme will see vehicle inspectors receive the Institute of Road Transport Engineer’s [IRTE] industry recognised irtec Licence and IMI Awards QAA certification.
DVSA is aiming to provide its inspectors with highest quality education and training that is recognised throughout the industry.
DVSA Chief Executive Alastair Peoples said:
My vision is that our vehicle inspectors will set the industry benchmark. We are investing in the future of our staff and training them to a very high standard.
The industry has always valued the professionalism and integrity of our inspectors and, with the new qualifications, they will deliver a first class service to our customers.
As we continue to expand our network of Authorised Testing Facilities, our inspectors will be more highly skilled than ever before and well equipped to meet the needs of a demanding industry.
Steve Nash, CEO at the IMI said:
Our relationship with IRTE to drive forward the irtec licence scheme within the sector has gathered momentum in the last 18 months. Not only have we seen engagement from the major manufacturers in the sector, we have also demonstrated that the irtec licence provides a significant return on training investment through our research.
The DVSA commitment further demonstrates the value and credibility of the irtec licence within the sector and beyond.
Ian Chisholm, Head of Operations and Communications at IRTE’s umbrella organisation SOE (Society of Operations Engineers) said:
"Through assessing and licensing road transport technicians on their skills and knowledge, irtec’s objective is to raise standards across the sector and thereby improve vehicle maintenance and road safety.
"As the agency responsible for setting, testing and enforcing vehicle standards across Great Britain, DVSA shares a common goal of promoting rigorous industry standards for vehicle maintenance.
"In putting their vehicle inspectors forward for irtec licences, DVSA is making a commitment to ensuring a standardised level of skills and knowledge among its testers, and is making a commitment to promoting overall vehicle safety and compliance across the road transport industry."