The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has closed. It has now been replaced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
These are the guys in black and yellow, chequered vans. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As opposed to the Police’s blue and yellow vehicles.
Most UK road users will be most familiar with the latter. As freelance couriers and commercial delivery drivers, you will also need to concern yourself with the former.
Generally the Police will enforce speed restrictions, insurance and road tax violations, whereas the DVSA carry out driving tests, approve people to be driving instructors and MOT testers, carry out tests to make sure lorries and buses are safe to drive, carry out roadside checks on drivers and vehicles, and monitor vehicle recalls.
Part of their responsibility, which may affect couriers is to ensure that vehicles are not only fit for the road generally, but also fit to be on the road at any given moment in time.
E.g. A freelance courier may have recently purchased a brand new van, which is fully taxed and insured. To all intents-and-purposes it is perfect for driving on the road. But if the laden weight for that vehicle is 3.5 tonnes and this person fills it with 2 tonnes of gear, which, when added to the kerb weight makes the gross laden weight for that van over 4 tonnes, it is now on the road illegally.
This is where the DVSA will step in and ask that person to accompany them to a local weigh station.
If stopped and checked by the DVSA and found to be in breach of the law it is possible that you could face a fixed penalty, fine, and/or points on your licence.
DVSA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Transport.