The DVSA said it was business as usual for processing applications from training providers for DCPC courses after it brought the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) in-house.

Originally set up on behalf of the DVSA’s predecessor, the DSA, to administer the application process for the DCPC, JAUPT is now being brought within the enforcement agency’s remit because it was offering this service exclusively to the DVSA.

Bob Hannigan, DVSA head of national standards and accreditation, said: “As well as providing continuity of service for training and rehabilitation providers and professional drivers, this change will benefit my team and the wider agency through the knowledge and skills that the JAUPT team bring with them.

“We are keeping the transition as smooth as possible for colleagues and customers and will keep people updated with any changes as the work progresses to embed the new service into our organisation.”

The DVSA said there had been no redundancies as part of the move, which takes effect from 1 October, and JAUPT staff will work in a new office in Milton Keynes – where they were already based.

It added that all JAUPT contact details remained the same and the way courses and centres are approved and audited will not change.