Monthly Archives: June 2015

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Corporate report: DVLA's biodiversity action plan

This biodiversity action plan for the DVLA will be for April 2015 to March 2017 and will include actions that will provide the agency with suggestions to maintain the biodiversity that they have and simple methods that will enhance its biodiversity further.

These actions include:

  • creating a baseline so that a minimum level of biodiversity is expected
  • setting a strict mowing regime on more areas of the agency’s sites and
  • creating a biodiversity group


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Corporate report: DVLA annual report and accounts 2014 to 2015

Operations

Key performance measures as set out in our Business Plan 2014-15. Performance against these measures is shown on pages 21 to 24.

Abolition of the tax disc

In October 2014, paper tax discs were abolished and therefore not required to be displayed on a vehicle windscreen. In total 37 million vehicles will no longer get a paper tax disc, saving taxpayers around £10 million each year.

Direct Debit

In October 2014, Direct Debit was introduced as an option for customers to pay their vehicle tax. Customers have a choice of channels with the option of payments being set up online or at the Post Office.

View driver licence online

DVLA’s view driving licence service went live in October 2014. Customers can now view their driving licence online 24/7.

Personalised registrations

In 2014 DVLA celebrated the 25th anniversary of the launch of its sale of personalised registrations scheme. Since its launch in 1989 over 4 million registrations have been sold, raising over £2 billion.

Finance and efficiency

The agency has completed its final year of the £100 million efficiency savings target compared to the 2010 to 2011 baseline. The target has been exceeded with a final figure of £103 million.


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News story: Don’t buy a vehicle without a V5C (logbook)

DVLA advises motorists not to buy a vehicle if it doesn’t have a V5C (logbook).

Advice when buying a vehicle

If you buy a vehicle that doesn’t have a V5C vehicle registration certificate (log book), you may not be able to tax it. You’ll need to apply for a V5C logbook using a V62 application which can take 6 weeks and costs £25.

You can reduce the risk of buying a stolen vehicle by making sure it has a V5C logbook and by following these steps.

Once you’ve bought a vehicle, you’ll need to tax it before using it on the road as vehicle tax cannot be transferred between keepers. Find out how you can tax your vehicle without a V11 reminder letter.

Selling a vehicle

If you’re selling your vehicle, make sure that you tell DVLA immediately either online or by sending the V5C logbook to DVLA. If it’s lost or damaged you’ll need to get a replacement before selling. The new keeper won’t be able to tax the vehicle without it.

Vehicle tax refund

Once you tell DVLA that you’ve sold the vehicle you’ll receive an automatic refund for any full months remaining tax and if you have a Direct Debit set up it will be cancelled.


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Press release: No more paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will save the taxpayer millions each year

From today (8 June 2015), the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence is being replaced by an online service.

This will save motorists millions of pounds and change the way they share their information with employers and car hire companies.

Last year DVLA had to replace around 445,000 counterparts because drivers had lost them, for which they were charged £20 each to cover the cost.

Transport Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said:

Replacing the counterpart with an online service will save motorists money and reduce unnecessary red tape.

It will also benefit employers and vehicle hire companies. Relying on the counterpart meant relying on a potentially out of date piece of paper. Now, when the driver chooses to share it, those organisations will be able to see completely accurate information direct from DVLA’s records. This will reduce their risk and improve road safety.

The paper counterpart includes information on a driver’s penalty points along with details of what vehicles they can drive. Drivers still need to keep their actual driving licence, whether it is a plastic photocard licence or an old style paper licence which was issued before 1998.

Explaining the new system Oliver Morley, Chief Executive of DVLA, said:

It’s very easy to view and share your driving record. Just go to GOV.UK and search for ‘view driving licence’. You can view your information electronically and generate a check code which you can then share with people who need to see your details (such as an employer or car hire company). If you want to, you can also download and print a summary.

More information on all the changes can be found on GOV.UK – search for ‘no more counterpart’.

Notes to editors

  1. There are 46.4 million licence holders in Great Britain.
  2. 37.7 million licence holders have a photocard driving licence.
  3. 8.7 million licence holders have an old style paper licence that was issued before 1998 – these licences remain valid.
  4. Drivers can view their driving licence information online and generate a check code to share details with third parties at www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence.
  5. Third parties can redeem the check code at www.gov.uk/check-driving-licence.
  6. The changes apply to GB driving licences only. Driver licensing is a devolved issue in Northern Ireland.

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Guidance: Abolition of the counterpart to the driving licence infographics

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Life in public beta for the View Vehicle Record (VVR) enquiry service

Since VVR moved into public beta on the 24 March, 330 fleet companies have given their administration details and now have access to the service.

My last blog on moving into public beta helped raise the profile of DVLA’s Fleet Scheme, resulting in many companies expressing an interest in joining up to experience the benefits.  The service is free to use and provides immediate access to VVR once you’ve given us details of your company system administrator.

During public beta we’ve made some changes to the service, such as introducing MOT alerts and adding the validation character. This was a direct result of listening to feedback from fleet users. We’ll continue to improve the service as more feedback is received.

Now that companies can see their vehicle data held on DVLA’s database, it’s identified the need for companies to carry out a data cleansing exercise. As companies return the data cleansing spreadsheets, DVLA’s fleet team is busy making the necessary changes. We’ve asked all companies to be patient whilst we carry out this work.

Feedback from users

Feedback about the service from fleet users is positive. See below from LeasePlan:

Here’s what Shona Harper, General Manager, Fleet Administration, LeasePlan UK had to say:

LeasePlan UK was invited by the DVLA to be part of the new ‘View our Vehicle’ records system pilot. For us, this was a great way to get an early understanding of the progress and changes DVLA have made to the system. Taking part has given us a new level of visibility of both our GB fleet and our Northern Ireland fleet. It’s enabled us to identify vehicles that are not taxed or which haven’t completed their MOT, and then to review the data to ensure the DVLA and LeasePlan records match.

The new system has already enabled us to institute efficiencies by having access to data that can be manipulated and easily downloaded. And, we believe there are more benefits to come once we are able to provide live data updates to our fleet. We also anticipate that there’ll be significant benefits in viewing our commercial fleet information that was previously inaccessible.

There are still some challenges which I know DVLA are addressing. The main challenge is the data quality still needs some improvement, but that’s something LeasePlan and the DVLA will work together on to improve. Currently the data is not real time; once it is, we’ll see even further benefits and improvements. During the pilot there has been an issue with slow turnaround times in rectifying issues that have been raised, but again I know this is something the DVLA are working hard to fix.

The ‘View our Vehicles’ records site was designed by the DVLA by listening to feedback received from its customers and it is still being refined based on the responses they have received from those taking part in the pilot. For LeasePlan it’s been extremely worthwhile taking part in the pilot and we look forward to further improvements to the new system and the benefits they will bring.

DVLA acknowledges that VVR still needs enhancements. We will  deliver this through the continuous improvement process which all of our services undertake. Please, continue to give us feedback to help improve the service to meet your needs


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Transparency data: DfT: spending over £25,000, February 2015

DfT’s spending over £25,000 for February 2015

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Access to Driver Data goes live

During our last stakeholder abolition of the counterpart webchat held on 21 May, a number of enquiries focussed on our new Access to Driver Data (ADD) service. This included questions about set up costs and service availability. To coincide with the service that went live yesterday (1 June 2015), we’ve produced an overview of the service which provides details that we were unable to cover during the webchat.

ADD is a service we’re offering to organisations that demonstrate a business need for our driving licence data. This service will provide real time driving licence data through a business-to-business interface for individual record checks, with drivers’ consent.

Information made available through ADD includes the driver’s name, address, date of birth, driving entitlement and penalty points/disqualifications. Tachograph and driver qualification card information is not available through ADD at the moment but we’re considering including this information at a later date.

Driver consent

To use ADD you’ll still need to get consent from the licence holder. You can get the licence holder’s consent using the existing Driving Licence Consent Form (D796) or it can be captured and stored electronically.

Guiding principles for electronic driver consent

We’ve a set of guiding principles for electronic driver consent available on request. If you’re considering applying for electronic consent these principles will provide the necessary information you need to meet our requirements.

Prior to implementation your electronic consent proposal will need to be approved by DVLA.

We’ll carry out audits of the service to ensure the necessary measures and controls are in place to meet the terms of the contract you sign up to with us.

Costs

Initial costs are approx £25,000 to £30,000 which cover deployment and installation. There is also a line rental cost of approx £6,000 per annum and it’ll take around 4 months to set up. Currently, there is a fixed cost per enquiry (1 enquiry means 1 driver record).

If you’d like any more information on this service, please get in touch.

Keeping up-to-date

More information about changes to the counterpart driving licence


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Transparency data: DfT: spending over £500 on a GPC for September 2014

DfT: spending over £500 on a GPC for September 2014

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