The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is set to shut down all of its 39 regional offices by December 2013, which will affect car and van users right round the UK.
In a cost-cutting measure, the DVLA will make its transactions primarily available through online channels. It’s thought that the changes will save around £26 million a year in tax payers’ money.
The DVLA currently employs over 6,000 people across the UK, with more than 5,000 in Swansea, where it is currently headquartered. The shuffle of DVLA operations will affect around 1,200 staff, although the DVLA believes it will create a further 450 jobs in Swansea.
The planned closure of regional DVLA offices will most certainly affect used van drivers – the authority has a significant role in the day-to-day running of vehicles, including licenses, tax discs and registrations. It is thought that if the online service is not up-to-scratch in time, the majority of interaction with the DVLA will be conducted through post, which could significantly slow down the administration of vehicles.
Nevertheless, DVLA ensures that its transition to digital means will be smooth and result in a better, centralised service.