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Transfer of services in Northern Ireland will save £1.5m for BVRLA members

Announced by the DFT, the changes will come into effect by the end of the year and will change the way businesses register and license vehicles used in Northern Ireland. Motorists in Northern Ireland will be able to re-license a vehicle or make a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) 24 hours a day, seven days a week from home, work or abroad. The DVLA’s fleet scheme will also be made available to fleet operators in Northern Ireland.

‘This is something we’ve long campaigned for, and is a step in the right direction,’ said BVRLA legal and policy director Jay Parmar. ‘We estimate that allowing motorists to license their vehicles from anywhere in the UK will save BVRLA members £1.5million per year in administration costs alone. However, we would still like to see the MoT process harmonised so that all cars – no matter where they are registered – should have an MoT at three years.’

Vehicles registered in Northern Ireland currently need to have an MoT after four years, which is out of sync with the three-year process of England, Wales and Scotland. The BVRLA said that it would continue to work with the Government and its agencies to find a solution that benefits rental and leasing companies.

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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.