The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association has welcomed government proposals to centralise Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) activities and move more of its services online.

    Announcing a consultation on the plans today, Transport Minister Mike Penning said that they would make “dealing with the DVLA easier and quicker for motorists and businesses”.

    “Last Spring we sat down with the minister and told him that there was a massive opportunity to streamline and modernise the way the DVLA dealt with its customers,” said BVRLA chief executive, John Lewis.”

    “With this announcement and the Red Tape Challenge that is underway, the Coalition Government has shown that is willing to listen and take brave decisions when it comes to poor legislation and inefficient working practices.”

    “It is always regrettable when people face redundancy, particularly at this time of year and in the current economic environment,” Lewis added.

    “But reducing bureaucracy is a great way of boosting the private sector and creating jobs.”

    The DVLA is inviting responses to its plans, and the BVRLA will be taking the opportunity to restate some of its earlier suggestions on how the agency can save itself and its customers time and millions of pounds each year:

    • Electronic notification for SORN or vehicle disposal
    • Prepayment accounts for refund and purchase of VED
    • Electronic V5 (printed on demand only)
    • E-licensing for goods vehicle
    • Real-time online driving licence check
    • Multi-Year VED
    • Removing the need to display the tax disc

    About the BVRLA:

    The BVRLA is the UK trade body for companies engaged in the leasing and rental of cars and commercial vehicles. Its members provide short-term rental, contract hire and fleet management services to corporate users and consumers. They operate a combined fleet of around 2.5 million cars, vans and trucks, buying nearly half of all new vehicles sold in the UK. Through its members and their customers, the BVRLA represents the interests of more than two million business