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DVLA cuts red tape for motorists

DVLA cuts red tape for motorists

Category: Car insurance

Updated: 09/12/2013
First Published: 09/12/2013

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Motorists will no longer need to get their car insurance policies checked by the DVLA when getting their vehicle taxed.

The change is part of a package of measures introduced by the DVLA in order to "get rid of unnecessary red tape".

But this doesn't mean that motorists won't need car insurance – this is of course still a legal requirement. All it means is that the DVLA will only be required to check whether a car is insured using their online database, rather than requiring additional proof from the vehicle owner as well.

This adds to the changes announced by Chancellor George Osborne during the Autumn Statement last week whereby vehicle owners will no longer be required to display up-to-date tax discs on the windscreen of their cars.

Instead Government officials such as the police and traffic officers will be able to check a car's number plate against their national database in order to establish whether it is taxed or not.

"We want to make it as easy as possible for motorists to access Government services," said Roads Minister Robert Goodwill.

"Getting rid of needless bits of paper, making changes to free up motorists' time, while saving money for the taxpayer, is all part of our commitment to get rid of unnecessary red tape."

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