The DVSA has announced that its chief executive, Alastair Peoples, is to retire from the civil service in October.

Peoples has been chief executive at the DVSA since its formation and was previously chief executive at Vosa, which was merged with the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) to create the DVSA in April 2014.

Prior to becoming chief executive of Vosa in 2009, Peoples held the roles of operations director and deputy chief executive there.

Apart from managing the merger with the DSA, Peoples has overseen a number of significant changes during his time with Vosa and the DVSA – perhaps most notably the introduction of privately-run authorised testing facilities (ATFs), which are gradually replacing Vosa’s own test stations, the first of which opened in January 2010.

Commenting on his forthcoming departure, Peoples said his work as chief executive of the DVSA had been “hugely rewarding”, adding that he was “proud of what has been achieved in the relatively short time since the agency was created”.

“I am confident that this is the right time for the agency to prepare for a change of leadership,” he added.

Paul Satoor, deputy chief executive, will take on the role of interim chief executive at the agency while a permanent replacement is found.