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BVRLA welcomes government move to online fleet services

Under the changes, which are being delivered under the Government’s Red Tape Challenge and follow recommendations from the BVRLA, fleets will be able to request electronic vehicle registration documents from 2015 when they need them, removing the administrative burden of needing to store paper copies. This will applies to over two million fleet vehicles and will save an estimated £3m per year.

The DVLA has also committed to abolishing the paper tax disc by October 2014, as announced in the Autumn Statement, which could save members a further £3.5m per year.

Finally, the DVLA has promised to abolish the paper counterpart of the driving licence. The BVRLA added that it continues to collaborate with the agency to ensure it delivers a workable alternative.

Commenting on the announcement, BVRLA legal and policy director Jay Parmar said: ‘Being able to request the V5C on demand from the DVLA will reduce costs on fleet owners who currently have to store and retrieve millions of documents each year.’

‘Notifying the DVLA electronically of a change of keeper will remove a huge administrative burden for our members as well. However, the industry needs an online replacement for the driving licence paper counterpart that is cost-effective and provides real-time, 24/7 access.’

The BVRLA said it will continue to help members and the Government with the transition to online fleet services.

 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.