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ABOLITION OF DRIVING LICENCE PAPER COUNTERPARTBack

DrivingLicience4TRADE BODIES WRITE TO PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR TRANSPORT

The RMI, ABI, BVRLA, FTA and the RHA have written to Claire Perry MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport commending the DfT’s programme to cut red tape and digitilise the services provided by the DVLA and welcome the announcement to delay the date the paper counterpart is abolished to 8 June 2015.

We are all, in principle, supportive of the Department’s proposal to abolish the paper counterpart for 33 million UK drivers. However, delivery of this important goal must be carefully balanced to ensure that it does not adversely impact businesses and employers who look to Government for understanding and considering out legitimate concerns.

Placing reliance on UK drivers to go online and enter their national insurance details will regrettably bring about a layer of additional costs and delays and will be greeted negatively by businesses and consumers alike.

The coalition of industry bodies, as mentioned above, therefore calls on the Department to ensure that a suitable alternative service, whereby businesses and stakeholders are able to check the driver records in real-time 24/7, in bulk free of charge, has been tested and operative ahead of 8 June 2015.

We await a response from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with interest.

Posted by Sue Robinson on 09/01/2015