Campervan drivers looking to visit one of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) centres today may find themselves out of luck or experiencing a long wait as staff at the centres stage protests about their forthcoming closure.
The centres which hold database records of motorists and their vehicles are also the places where motorists and dealers organise registration and car documentation including, for example, motorhome insurance checks. In all there are 39 local centres across the UK stretching as far south as Truro and as far north as Aberdeen, however, the Government have intimated that every one of the local centres may be shut down to save money and streamline the service.
Most of the staff is represented by the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union who have vowed to fight the closures. Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the PCS, said “We will not sit back and watch while jobs and highly-prized public services are stripped away. Our local economies are crying out for support and investment, not more cuts. The closure plans are not based on what the people who use these services say they want and need, but on a politically motivated desire to unpick our public services. We anticipate 1200 jobs could be lost and it is not necessary.”
The closures would certainly impact on millions of drivers who use the centres every year but the Government say that their intended withdrawal of paper certification such as the hard copy of a driving licence and motor insurance certificate will render the centres redundant. They insist the closures will be a good thing for motorists and should in fact mean cheaper motoring for the majority of drivers in the UK.