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Driving Licence Fees Could Be Slashed

DVLA Champions Reductions In Driving Licence Fees

A DVLA Public Consultation could lead to driving licence fees falling significantly. As such, the cost of a provisional licence could – for an online applicant – fall from fifty pounds to thirty-four. The price for a paper-based application could fall from fifty pounds, to forty-three. The variation is to encourage motorists to embrace online services that cost less to run. Furthermore, the price of renewing a photocard could fall from twenty pounds to fourteen online (seventeen for paper). The purpose of these reductions is to ensure fees reflect the lower cost of providing services following efficiency improvements. This should reduce the cost of motoring to individuals/businesses, and make it more likely people will comply with the law. Disadvantages – according to the Consultation Document – include that higher rates for paper applications penalises those that cannot apply online. Overall, however, it favours this to a status quo that – based on current rates – would ensure the DVLA builds-up a financial surplus. Interested parties have until August 25th 2014 to express any views via a online survey, post and e-mail, etc. The DVLA will then publish a summary of responses.

Transport Minister Discusses Proposed New Rates

Transport Minister Claire Perry said: “The cost of driving can be significant, especially for new drivers. I’m pleased to say that we are planning to save drivers eighteen million pounds a year by cutting licence fees, thanks to the DVLA making significant savings to their running costs.”

Driving Licences Fees: Current And Proposed

 

Transaction

Current Fee

2013/14

Proposed Fee 2014/15

First GB driving licence paper application

£50

£43

First GB driving licence digital application

£50

£34

Driving licence renewals from the age of 70

Free

Free

Driving licence renewals for medical reasons

Free

Free

Driving licence replacement when details have changed

Free

Free

Duplicate driving licence when lost, stolen or destroyed

£20

£20

Exchange driving licence from overseas jurisdiction

£50

£43

Paper driving licence exchanged for photocard licence

£20

£20

Removing endorsements

£20

£20

10 year renewal of photocard licence paper application and at Post Offices

£20

£17

10 year renewal of photocard licence digital application

£20

£14

Additional driving entitlements

Free

Free

Provisional vocational driving licence from full driving

licence

Free

Free

Full vocational driving licence

Free

Free

Driving licence renewal after disqualification

£65

£65

Driving licence renewal for a high risk offender after

disqualification

£90

£90

Driving licence renewal after revocation under the

New Drivers Act 1997

£50

£50

Driver and company digital tachograph card

£38

£32