Thousands of jobs face axe at DVLA

Over 1,200 jobs are under threat as the Government announces plans to close 39 Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) regional offices.

Roads minister Mike Penning said the proposal will be consulted on but its aim was to "make dealing with the DVLA easier and quicker for motorists and businesses".

The offices are expected to close by the end of 2013 and the work carried out at regional offices will be centralised at the DVLA's Swansea headquarters.

Mr Penning said: "This is a major step change which will make dealing with the DVLA easier and quicker for motorists and businesses up and down the country."

Regional offices carry out many administrative functions like arranging trade plates for garages, vehicle inspections and personalised registration mark transfers.

Ten enforcement centres are included in the closure plans. These centres carry out duties relating to the DVLA's enforcement of offences, like failure to tax vehicles, having no motor insurance and failing to tell the DVLA about vehicles being kept off the road.

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