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.

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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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  • dingocooke 25 Oct 2012

    Skodaku said:
    Me too - and my long- deceased Father. But then, the other half of Swansea would be unemployed.

    byebye
    ...fixed it for you ;-)

  • Skodaku 17 Oct 2012

    onyx39 said:
    yes

    been saying this for years!
    Me too - and my long- deceased Father. But then, half of Swansea would be unemployed.

    byebye

  • Greg_D 17 Oct 2012

    timewatch said:
    Alex said:
    Even better: scrap the licence altogether and replace with a small levy on fuel.
    NO NO NO!!!!

    No more on fuel!furious

    My car is 4 grams over the limit into Band L £460, ONLY "4 grams" less and it would have been £190.

    It's st like this that needs to stop....Putting it on the fuel is no help!


    TW>>>
    Eh, you are arguing against an idea that would counter that exact problem confusedconfusedconfused

  • timewatch 17 Oct 2012

    Alex said:
    Even better: scrap the licence altogether and replace with a small levy on fuel.
    NO NO NO!!!!

    No more on fuel!furious

    My car is 4 grams over the limit into Band L £460, ONLY "4 grams" less and it would have been £190.

    It's st like this that needs to stop....Putting it on the fuel is no help!


    TW>>>

  • Alex 17 Oct 2012

    Greg_D said:
    The reason the government don't implement a system of extra fuel taxation is not one of falling revenue (everyone would seems happy to pay an amount in line with their historic tax receipts) but more about the fact that large swathes of the DVLA drones would need to be laid off.

    There's no way that they could decimate a workforce that large in such a deprived part of the UK, it would be the poll tax riots/miners strike all over again
    Although probably true, that's a ridiculous argument when you think about it. The Government might as well pay gangs of young people to smash windows.

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