Thirty-nine regional DVLA offices are due to close in an attempt to save £26m from the annual transport budget, as Transport Minister Mike Penning announced last week.
In a statement released on 4th July the Minister announced:
Plans have also been announced to bring online services to Northern Ireland that are already available in the rest of the United Kingdom. For more on this story the full press release is available to read on the Aftermarket Magazine website.
‘The DVLA will build on its successes in electronic delivery by providing more transactions online. Local businesses will act as intermediaries to offer motorists more convenient access to certain DVLA services through at least 4000 outlets nationwide compared to the current 39 DVLA local offices. The DVLA will ensure that alternative service channels will be available before offices close.’
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by Marc Yates