DVLA chiefs have agreed to talk to classic and historic vehicle sector leaders in a bid to solve long-running problems over vehicle registrations. Agency Chief Executive Julie Lennard told MPs she would be ‘very happy’ to explore closer engagement with the industry in order to resolve disputes and improve relations.
The National Motorcycle Dealer Association (NMDA) will be on hand to offer support and advice at the upcoming Motorcycle Trade Expo knowledge shop (20-22 January 2019 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire). The NMDA represents the interests of motorcycle dealers in the UK and holds regular discussions with the relevant government departments and motorcycle manufacturers to raise industry concerns, and keep abreast of the latest changes to support its dealer members.
Many drivers put their car in for an MOT early in order to find out if any faults need repairing, in the belief they can still use the vehicle until the old test runs out despite any discovered issues. However, if their car fails the MOT, it is immediately deemed to be no longer road legal, regardless of how long the previous MOT’s validity has remaining.
New vehicles registered for the first time with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) from 1 April 2017 will pay new first year licence rates based on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions bands which are different from the ones currently in use. In some cases, these fees will almost double.
The latest MyCarCheck.com infographic uses Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) data to highlight the most common reasons for MOT failures, including blown bulbs, chips in the windscreen, and worn brakes, shock absorbers and tyres.
Following the abolition of the driving licence paper counterpart yesterday, more than 1.75 million motorists could struggle to access their driving licence online, according to a licence checking and monitoring company. Licencecheck said that it had seen evidence of “teething problems” with the new system, introduced by the DVLA for drivers to access or share their driving licence information.
This week marks 80 years since the introduction of the driving test in Great Britain. The test became compulsory on 1 June 1935. In 1934 there were just 1.5 million cars in use, but over 7,000 people were killed on the country’s roads. Within a year of the introduction of the test, the number of deaths had fallen by 1,000, and has continued to improve.
The director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) has voiced her organisation’s support for the DVLA’s extension of online services. The Authority has made it possible to retain and assign a registration number online, a feature for which the NFDA has previously campaigned.
Driving Monitor is a driver risk management company using web technologies to build a safer fleet. Working with Blue Chip companies and SME’s their vision is to help fleets meet their Duty of Care objectives whilst reducing costs and minimising accidents and insurance premiums. The company has recently released the next generation in driving licence verification services to the UK market.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has lifted the lid on the worst examples of excessive speeding caught on safety cameras across England and Wales in 2014. Britain’s two worst speeders were caught at 146mph, both by Kent Police on the M25. One was travelling anti-clockwise at Junction 5 at Clacket Lane Services, the other going clockwise at Swanley.
British motorists will be able to fly the flag with pride from this new year thanks to government plans to display the Union Flag on driving licences, transport minister Claire Perry announced at the end of 2014.