DVLA Annoucement

Posted on: 15 November 2012

DVLA announce plans to cut red tape by removing insurance check when taxing a vehicle

Motorists will benefit from no longer having to provide a motor insurance certificate when buying a tax disc under plans unveiled today by Roads Minister Stephen Hammond.

The red tape cutting plans mean that around an extra 600,000 motorists a year will be able to tax their car online. It also means that millions of motorists will no longer have to search for their insurance certificate if they tax their car at the Post Office.

Roads Minster Stephen Hammond said:

“We are committed to getting rid of unnecessary red tape. There is absolutely no benefit in making motorists prove they have insurance when they buy a tax disc now that we regularly check existing databases for insurance under Continuous Insurance Enforcement rules.

“These proposals will make the whole process quicker, easier and cheaper.”

The proposal has been made possible by new checks of existing databases for insurance under Continuous Insurance Enforcement rules. The DVLA’s records are compared regularly with the Motor Insurance Database (MID) to identify registered keepers of vehicles that appear to have no insurance.

Ashton West, Chief Executive at MIB said:

“Motor insurance remains a legal requirement and this consultation by DVLA recognises the value and importance of the insurance records held centrally on the MID. The introduction of Continuous Insurance Enforcement last year was always designed to provide a more robust and technology driven solution to ensuring that vehicles have insurance in place. The successful introduction of the new process by the DVLA and the MIB has enabled these proposals to be made now, which will bring benefits to millions of motorists.”

The consultation starts today and closes on 26 November 2012. The consultation document can be found here: http://www.dft.gov.uk/dvla/consultations.aspx