posted 4 years ago

DVLA Delay Threatens Car Tax at Post Office

In October, the DVLA failed to confirm that the Post Office will continue to be a portal for tax discs and driving licences

In October, the DVLA failed to confirm that the Post Office will continue to be a portal for tax discs and driving licences. The institution - along with rival bidder and “internet payment service” Paypoint - must now wait until the end of November 2012 to see if it has won the ten year contract which is worth six-hundred million. This has, of course, had an unsettling effect on Post Office workers. Its Union is therefore asking motorists to support their bid by writing to, or e-mailing, Members of Parliament and putting-up campaign posters/postcards.

Mike Weir, Scottish National Party Member of Parliament for Angus, said: "I cannot remember a campaign like this - a really surprising amount of people feel strongly about this and I would hope the government and DVLA are watching.” Liberal Democrat Peer, Baroness Rosalind Scott, continued: "Post Offices hold things together and the danger is it's like a game of giant Jenga - you pull one block out and the whole thing falls down.”

George Thomson, General Secretary of the National Federation of SubPostmasters revealed: "The DVLA contract is essential to the future of our Post Offices. The ongoing delay in announcing a decision on the contract is having a highly unsettling effect on the national Post Office network and on individual subpostmasters ability to plan for the future.” He concluded: "Certainly, if the contract isn't awarded exclusively to the Post Office it would be catastrophic for the UK's Post Offices – thousands of branches may be forced to close.”

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Post office counters ltd and royal mail are a complete joke,car tax should be done away with and replaced with an extra 3p to fuel duty, replacement disc to show valid insurance details, problem is no government has got the backbone to implement such a scheme especially as it would have to be agreed by our real government in Brussels

I think the post office should continue to issue road tax disc if it went on petrol the chances are it would cost the motorist even more money with this government.

Why raise this now? As predicted the day before, the Post Office won the DVLA contract for the next 7 years on 13 November.

I am all for increasing fuel duty and doing away with tax discs. The big users then pay a fairer share.

IF NOT BROKEN DO NOT FIX

I AGREE THAT THE POST OFFICE SHOULD RETAIN THIS CONTRACT AS THEY DESREVE TO GIVEN THE GOOD SERVICE THEY PROVIDE. I THINK IT IS WRONG THAT WE CAN NO LONGER RENEW OUR TV LICENCE IN THE P.O. BUT CAN DO SO IN THE SPAR SHOP ! WHAT I DO AS MY LITTLE PROTEST IS TO RENEW THE TV LICENCE ON LINE & WHEN GIVEN THE CHOICE TO DOWNLOAD OR OPT FOR DELIVERY IN THE POST , GO FOR THE HARD COPY IN THE POST SO THAT ROYAL MAIL GET THE BUSINESS. SUPPORT ROYAL MAIL & THE POST OFFICE I SAY AS WE WILL NOT APPRECIATE HOW GOOD THEY ARE UNTIL THEY ARE GONE !

It would make sense to put up fuel prices and dispense with road tax. We would all pay according to our car use.

The reality is that the Gov wants everything done online. Electronic checking reduces fraud, the future Universal Credit will be fully online to reduce the chance of fraud. It is unfortunate for those without the access, the enthusiasm or the understanding but the agebda is clear. Privatisation of the envelope part which makes a loss and only support the parcels wghich makes a profit. No need for counter staff.

my nearest DVLA OFFICE is a 10 mile drive away and not eveyone can do their car tax etc. online Leave the system as it is.

The post office has may be 4 or 5 counters in the corner they might only have 1 or 2 staff, i think the waiting will be even longer where's the sense its a no brainer really keep it with the P.O.

if you can't renew online and need to stand in a queue what makes anyone think there will be more than one person in the corner shop that takes on the contract? At least the PO is more secure with our information than others!

great news sick off waiting at least 40 min queing out of post office whilst 1 cashier serves be happy when services all get removed from po they claim no one using po but thats because people wjo work dont have that amount of time to waste

I do not have any trust in my MP to do anything other than follow her party line. Whenever I have written to Margot James (Con) Stourbridge, on a campaigning issue, I get a standard standard reply based on Tory Party Policy and not what I expect. Won't vote for her again!

Do away with MPs instead...............hang one from every lamp post.

The government have been eroding the post office business for years. I will not be surprised if this is another service removed from the P.O. When the P.O. has gone, and all sub postmasters have lost their businesses I hope those decision makers will be made accountable.

Why would anyone want to queue up for 15 frustrating, uncomfortable minutes to buy a tax disc when it is so easy to get one over the internet with a few mouse clicks. Beats me.

WAKEUP The post office is an essential part of our lives. Don't get side tracked by side issues SUPPORT THE POST OFFICE NOW!!!

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the DVLA online service is great but when time restraints mean it't to late to use this service The Post Office are the only solution as a second choice for me

Write to my local MP? Have you seen the price of stamps these days?!

I tried to renew my disabled car tax last year at my local post office. Because I had no certificate of insurance, I was refused. The post office staff were unhelpful, bordering on hostile, refusing to telephone Stockton DVLA and unable (allegedly) to fax my insurance company! In this day and age! This resulted in a 20 mile round trip to Stockton, which I could have well done without. What on earth do they expect??

Our main Post Office opens at 09.00 one person at the counter big queue staff miserable people in the queue miserable nobody wants to be there, DVLA on line service very good

About time this got taken away from the Post Office, I hate standing over 15 minutes to post a letter, (which is what the Post Office is for), while a girl who does not know what she is doing fills out a tax disc for someone in front of me who is useless on a PC.

The last time i taxed a car with the DVLA it took over 2 months before i got it only 5 mins at local post office

Crazy giving a 10 year contract, there are plans a foot for other methods of taxing cars and it may not even exist in its current form, replaced by another and better tax (or fairer might be a better word as tax is never good!) .

This is the first time I have heard of these proposals to not use the Post Offices for the Taxing of road vehicles it is about time that this so called Goverment leave well alone , if the railway tender was anything to go by , I can see another mess up with this proposal costing the taxpayer money once again .

So as well as closing the local DVLA offices we're now going to use another outfit to issue tax discs. When will these oiks ever learn?

I understand that not everybody has computers, but why does the Postoffice have to check your documents - surely they could also use the online verification systems that the gov.uk site uses, and speed things along and cut the queues down

yes, why not lets move everything to online, then when we have a major catatsrophe. like hurricane sandy, we will all be up the swanny without a paddle, we cant even get the roads sorted when we have snow. so to the government dept. concerned leave well alone, the post office do a sterling job, if its not broke dont fix it.

Post offices in rural areas,are already under threat,This could be the one thing that brings about the demise of Post offices,As there would probably be other things taken from the Post offices as well,Which would make rural Post offices unable to be commericialy viable.

I have written to my M.P. about this. Why not mount your own campaign for readers to tick and enter?

Not all people have computers and Post Offices provide an alternative option for this and other services which may also be available on line.