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DVLA cuts unnecessary red tape

Date: 18 December 2013   |   Author: Will Stretton

Owners and drivers will no longer need to have their motor insurance policies checked when getting their vehicle tax, as part of a series of measures by the DVLA intending to cut any unnecessary red tape.

The DVLA will now compare their databases with the Motor Insurance Database in order to identify registered keepers of vehicles who are not insured. As such, the authorities can now automatically check whether a car is covered by cross-referencing the vehicle's number plate with DVLA databases.

Roads minister Robert Goodwill said: "We want to make it as easy as possible for motorists to access government services. 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."

"Motor insurance remains a legal requirement and these changes recognise the value and importance of the insurance records held centrally on the MID" said Ashton West, chief executive at the Motor Insurers' Bureau. "The introduction of Continuous Insurance Enforcement in 2011 was always designed to provide a more robust and technology driven solution to ensuring that vehicles have insurance in place."

This change comes in addition to the recent tax disc abolition - in favour if an electronic system - as stipulated in the 2013 Autumn Statement.