DVLA Smart Number Plate System Set Up
The introduction of a new smart vehicle licensing system by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority [DVLA] would raise the cost of vehicle registration.
Though authorities are unable to say exactly how much it would, it is expected that the new technology and some other variables would contribute to the price increase.
Speaking to JoyNews, CEO of DVLA, Kwasi Agyeman Busia, said the pricing of the smart system will be determined by analyses from consultants from the sub-region. This should be completed by the 18th of July.
The DVLA as part of its digitisation process, is replacing the existing vehicle registration regime with a smart card service, to reduce human-to-human interaction in registering vehicles and also do away with paper documentation.
Digital documentation have already been done on vehicles from 1995 to date and starting from July 18, all vehicle registration is expected to be paperless as details will be transferred onto a smart card.
The Authority expressed optimism that the initiative will solve the problem of fake documentation on vehicles and ownership in the country.
"At any point in time, the one source of truth for a vehicle's owner is DVLA so for example if you got to the bank and you're using your car as a collateral, what we have now is the bank will consult DVLA through a mechanism we are establishing with and we are the only source to say this vehicle belongs to John/Jane Doe.”
The wide-ranging reforms by the DVLA which is to ensure that all drivers have been properly certified to handle vehicles will also see the phasing out of existing drivers' licence to be replaced with new ones with better security features to curb duplication.
More Britons are personalizing their car number plates than ever before, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). In the past year, the Treasury made a record total of £102 million — £15 million more than 2014-2015 from an estimated 335,000 registration plates purchased by drivers in the U.K.
The DVLA started selling personalised number plates in 1990, with just 77,745 purchased between 1995-96 — four times less than today. At present, the DVLA boasts 47 million plates on offer to drivers across the country, which can be bought online or at auctions.
The DVLA says almost 335,000 registrations were sold in the last year – more than four times the figure in the mid-Nineties.
A spokesman for the AA welcomed the news, saying: “It puts a smile on people’s faces and raises money for the exchequer – what’s there to complain about?
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