Use DVLA for vehicle licencing

Eliminate our vehicle licencing office and pay the UK DVLA to administrator it, from Swansea. Align vehicle excise with the UK to simplify matters. The same could be done for Driving Licences. It makes no sense at all to have a separate system from the UK, it just adds cost. Common test, common licence, common vehicle registration (but unique numbers) and common MOT. The introduction of the MOT would raise income and increase road safety.

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There is absolutely no requirement for the IoM to have a unique vehicle registration & licencing system, let alone its own driving licence and test, in a time when systems can be integrated and administered using technology. We have an antiquated paper system here which makes no sense when the UK isn't even issuing vehicle licence discs now. We are paying for something we simply don't need to have locally and which our nearest neighbour has already gotten sorted & working as an up to date system.

by PeteJonz on April 05, 2017 at 10:10PM

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  • Posted by thinktank April 06, 2017 at 16:10

    No thanks I like our own licences, it is part of our identity and I don't want to have the UK look after our cars. The IOM Government/Post Office do a very efficient job with vehicle licences and road tax.
  • Posted by Southsider April 07, 2017 at 16:06

    As someone who has had dealings with DVLA recently this would be a recipe for disaster! It is nowhere near sorted and I am aware of a number of other Manx residents who are in a similar position trying to resolve issues with the DVLA.
  • Posted by PeteJonz April 08, 2017 at 06:22

    This site is for ideas of cost savings, not for Manx identity saving. Nice as it may be to have our own licencing system it is by definition inefficient, because it is not actually required. There is nothing stopping the DVLA issuing an IoM licence, through our Post Office, or IoM plates. We have a paperwork system here, which is slow and requires physical administration. It makes no sense to me why we have a misaligned driving test, vehicle test, driving licence, vehicle licencing system just for the sake of it being 'different'. We pay handsomely for that 'difference'.
    Also the reason there are problems dealing with the DVLA is that the Manx licencing office have little or nothing to do with the DVLA. If I worked at Swansea and had the odd Manx resident ringing up with queries about some system they have no idea about, I wouldn't be very interested either. Align the two systems, bare minimum. Scrap a government department that is a luxury, yes please.
  • Posted by Steve May 15, 2017 at 01:26

    The big advantage of at least sharing our info with the DVLA would be for drivers trying to hire vehicles in the UK and across the world. UK motorists can obtain for free a pass code to allow the car hirer to check their Driving Licences for endorsements. The IOM has removed the paper part of the licence but with no means of the Hirer checking, thus unable to hire elsewhere unless one spends £20+ for an International LIcence. The DOI didn't think it through when following the UK.
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