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History of the British driving test

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) was set up in 1990 to promote road safety by improving driving standards. Before this, driving tests were administered by the government department responsible for transport. 

DSA is a government agency and is part of the Motoring and Freight Service (MFS) group, including DVLA, VCA and VOSA. 

DSA’s main function is to fairly test drivers, motorcycle riders and driving instructors. Other activities carried out by the Agency include: