The BVRLA has welcomed the announcement that the administration of vehicle registration and licensing services in Northern Ireland will be transferred to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
“This is something we’ve long campaigned for, and is a step in the right direction,” said BVRLA Legal and Policy Director Jay Parmar. “We estimate that allowing motorists to license their vehicles from anywhere in the UK will save BVRLA members £1.5million per year in administration costs alone. However, we would still like to see the MoT process harmonised so that all cars – no matter where they are registered – should have an MoT at three years.”
The changes will come into effect by the end of the year and will change the way businesses register and license vehicles used in Northern Ireland. Motorists in Northern Ireland will be able to re-license a vehicle or make a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) 24 hours a day, seven days a week from home, work or abroad. The DVLA’s fleet scheme will also be made available to fleet operators in Northern Ireland.
Vehicles registered in Northern Ireland currently need to have an MoT after four years, which is out of sync with the three year process of England, Wales and Scotland. The BVRLA will continue to work with the government and its agencies to find a solution which benefits rental and leasing companies.
About the BVRLA
Established in 1967, the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association is the UK trade body for companies engaged in the rental and leasing of cars and commercial vehicles. Its members operate a combined fleet of 3.4 million cars, vans and trucks. BVRLA members buy nearly half of all new vehicles sold in the UK, supporting around 184,000 jobs and contributing more than £14bn to the economy each year.
By consulting with government and maintaining industry standards, the BVRLA helps its members deliver safe, sustainable and affordable road transport to millions of consumers and businesses. For more information, visit www.bvrla.co.uk.
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