DVLA in 'cutting red tape' shocker


We’ve probably all been there. You’ve spent your whole lunch hour queuing to renew your tax disc (yes, you can do it online but you didn’t quite get round to it…), you finally reach the counter proud to be Doing The Right Thing and then some jobsworth takes issue with the emailed insurance certificate that’s all you have because your insurer no longer sends out hard copies. And refuses to sell you a tax disc. It’s an even bigger problem if you’ve just bought a car and, though you can insure it on the spot on the phone or online, without paperwork they won’t sell you a tax disc, despite the fact the police – and indeed anyone with an internet connection – can instantly tell whether or not you’re insured via the Motor Insurance Database.

Ask MID website instantly confirms cover
Ask MID website instantly confirms cover
But in a most ungovernmental approach to good sense and reducing red tape Roads Minister Stephen Hammond has today announced a consultation with the intention of removing the requirement to present your insurance documents when renewing your tax disc.

“There is absolutely no benefit in making motorists prove they have insurance when they buy a tax disc now that we regularly check existing databases for insurance under Continues Insurance Enforcement rules,” says Hammond in a DVLA press release.

“The introduction of Continuous Insurance Enforcement last year was always designed to provide a more robust and technology driven solution to ensuring that vehicles have insurance in place,” continues Ashton West of the Motor Insurance Database.”

The consultation starts today and runs until November 26; have your say here.

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  • IanJ9375 15 Oct 2012

    Why not go the whole hog and remove the need to display a disc at all?
    Even less red tape and just have a db such as the askmid site to confirm a licence is in place?


  • storminnorman 15 Oct 2012

    IanJ9375 said:
    Why not go the whole hog and remove the need to display a disc at all?
    Even less red tape and just have a db such as the askmid site to confirm a licence is in place?
    that would be too sensible, I think they've just used up their sensible quota for one year

  • legalknievel 15 Oct 2012

    Wahey!

    Now how about cutting road tax for cars that sit in the garage most of the time and only come out for weekends or the summer? A bridge too far I suspect.

  • vidfletch 15 Oct 2012

    Will this include not having to show your MOT Certificate? Surely the same applies with this?

  • Alex 15 Oct 2012

    IanJ9375 said:
    Why not go the whole hog and remove the need to display a disc at all?
    Even less red tape and just have a db such as the askmid site to confirm a licence is in place?
    Even better: scrap the licence altogether and replace with a small levy on fuel.

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