The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is a trading fund with turnover of around £145 million for the year 2005/06. Income for the year 2006/07 is expected to be in the region of £160 million, fully funded by fee income and revenue from non-statutory activities.
DSA employs 2,541 staff, of which some 1,889 are driving examiners. In 2005/06 the Agency conducted over 1.9 million practical tests for car drivers, 113,000 vocational tests and over 87,000 motorcycle rider tests. Over 1.5 million theory tests were carried out at 158 centres. At the end of the year there were 39,000 people on the Register of Approved Driving Instructors.
The Motor Schools Association of Great Britain (MSA) was formed on March 31, 1935, just before the driving test was introduced. The association's principal aims, then as now, are to keep members informed of any matters of interest to them, to represent the views of members to Government, its departments and agencies, to provide services that will be of benefit to members and to set standards of professional and ethical behaviour for teachers of driving.
The Driving Instructor Association was founded in 1978 to represent the interests of the professional driving instructor; the DIA is regularly consulted by all the relevant Government bodies, has representation in Parliament, and enjoys influence in Europe and throughout the world. Becoming a member will help give you and the driver training industry a voice for the future as well as offering a host of invaluable membership benefits such as professional indemnity and public liability insurance, competitive insurance, an up-to-the-minute news service, business advice and career development opportunities.