Policy Area

Cutting Red Tape

Businesses are often deterred from investing in growth and jobs because they have to spend so much money dealing with excessive bureaucracy.

The BVRLA is encouraging the government’s motoring agencies to use more digital services, remove the burden of paperwork and introduce light-touch regulation wherever the private sector can prove it is operating responsibly.

We are currently lobbying government on the following to reduce the burden on businesses:

Motoring agencies 

The DVLA’s move away from paper-based identifications and certifications to electronic services has the potential to save it and its customers a huge amount of administrative time and money. We are encouraging the Government to ensure that any future legislative changes do not result in extra, unforeseen administrative burdens being transferred onto to the fleet sector.With both the DVLA and the DVSA undergoing a huge modernisation and change programme, it is vital that the agencies are given an adequate budget to publicise and provide guidance around key events such as the recent removal of the paper driving licence counterpart.

Parking penalties and appeals

The current system of managing parking penalties and appeals is in desperate need of harmonisation. Bringing parking enforcement, penalties and appeals under a single authority or standards regime would provide greater clarity and consistency for customers. We believe that the Government should explore the potential for appointing the DVLA as a central issuing and appeals authority.Expansion of commercial vehicle testing facilities. While the introduction of new authorised testing facilities (ATFs) has been a success, the requirement that vehicle examiners must be directly employed by the DVSA is holding back the private sector’s ability to provide a flexible, efficient testing service. These issue could be addressed by adopting the MOT testing model currently available for private cars and light commercial vehicles, and enabling ATFs to use their own staff (accredited by the DVSA) to carry out the full range of services offered at DVSA test stations.Create a new, enhanced CPC standard for transport managers

In order for fleet operators to qualify for a Goods Vehicle Operator’s Licence, they must demonstrate professional   competency by attaining the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). However, the exam required to achieve the CPC is identical regardless of the number of vehicles the transport manager intends to operate. It does not take into account the different skillsets required by the manager of a large fleet compared to the operator of a single vehicle.We propose that the potential for a two-tier CPC standard is explored. The first could assess the competency of would-be transport managers to manage a small number of goods vehicles to the current standard. A more substantial competency test should be required to qualify to operate a large fleet.

LCV Driver Licencing

Around one in 10 of all vehicles is now a van and van traffic is predicted to rise at twice the rate of cars over the next couple of decades. The skills required to drive a fully-laden 3.5 tonne van are considerably more demanding than those required to drive a typical road car. We have proposed to Government that they carry out a consultation to assess the requirement for a new form of intermediate licence to sit between the car and HGV ones.

 

Related Policy Updates

Related Consultation Responses

Response Title Response Document

balance of competences BVRLA response

Response to the Department for Transport on the balance of competences between EU and UK legislation
PDF icon balance_of_competences_bvrla_resp_0813.pdf

DfT consultation to amend The Motor Vehicle (Insurance Requirements) Regulations 2011

BVRLA response to the Department for Transport's consultation to amend The Motor Vehicle (Insurance Requirements) (Immobilisation, Removal and Disposal) Regulations 2011
PDF icon consultation_to_amend_the_motor_vehicle_regulations_2011.pdf

DfT Motoring Services Strategy

The BVRLA's response to the Department for Transport's consultation on its Motoring Services Strategy.
PDF icon DfT Motoring Services Strategy - January 2016

DVLA consultation on non-transferability of VED and automated VED refunds

PDF icon bvrla_comments_for_dvla_on_transferability_and_automated_refunds.pdf

DVLA Vehicle Online Services

Response to the DVLA on transferring their services online
PDF icon Vehicle online services

Future of vehicle registration and licensing services in Northern Ireland

The BVRLA's response to the DVLA consultation on the future of vehicle registration and licensing services in Northern Ireland
PDF icon future_of_vehicle_registration_and_licensing_ni_bvrla_resp_0913.pdf

Insurer's Remedies for Fraudulent Claims

Insurer's Remedies for Fraudulent Claims - Response to the Law Commission's consultation paper on Insurance Contract Law: Post Contract Duties and other Issues.
PDF icon Law Commission ICL Post Contract Duties Questionnaire Fraud Response

local authority parking strategies

BVRLA's response to DfT on the strategy of local authorities for parking.

Motoring services consultation

Motoring services consultation - response on how the Department for Transport should shape and develop its executive agencies for the future.
PDF icon Motoring services

Removal of the insurance certificate

Removal of the insurance certificate - proposals to remove the need to issue a paper certificate on the issuance of an insurance policy
PDF icon Certificate removal

Removing the insurance check at vehicle relicensing

Removing the insurance check at relicensing. Response to the DVLA on proposals to remove a check of insurance when a vehicle is relicensed.
PDF icon Removing the insurance check when taxing a vehicle

Transforming DVLA Services

Transforming DVLA Services - Response to the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency on the proposed transformation of services.
PDF icon Transforming DVLA services

user experience of the Government motoring agencies BVRLA response

BVRLA's response to the Transport Select Committee on the users experience of the DVSA and DVLA
PDF icon user_experience_of_the_government_motoring_agencies_bvrla_response0214.pdf

Vehicle Identity Check Scheme

VIC Scheme Review - Response to the Department for Transport on whether to keep the vehicle identity check scheme running.
PDF icon Vehicle identity check scheme

Vehicle immobilisation in Northern Ireland

BVRLA's response to a review of vehicle immobilisation on private land in Northern Ireland
PDF icon vehicle_immobilisation_ni_bvrla_response_0514.pdf

Whiplash Reform, BVRLA response 05014

comments on the latest proposals from Ministry of Justice to fix the costs of medical reports for whiplash claims
PDF icon whiplash_reform_bvrla_response_0514.pdf