Regulation on drivers set to be relaxed

The way vehicles and drivers are regulated in the UK is set to transform drastically as the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and the Department for Transport (DfT) have collaborated to cut down on the amount of red tape surrounding road users in the UK.

In all the DfT announced 142 diverse changes to road and driver regulations yesterday which ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous. For instance public transport officials no longer have to hold perishable food for 48 hours before they can throw it away and motorists will no longer have to complete an annual Statutory Off Road Notification, but it was other measures that will attract the attention of commercial drivers.

One of the big changes will affect professional drivers such as van drivers and lorry drivers who require a Certificate of Professional Competence. The Government propose to look at how other countries legislate this particular group of drivers and it is expected the DVLA will recommend that the numbers of drivers requiring the CPC will be cut.

There will be changes that affect commercial vehicle insurance too, as the Government look to discard the paper part of a driving licence and the piece of paper called an insurance certificate that at the moment is required by all drivers, private and commercial. Just dispensing with these two pieces of documentation will save the motoring population of the UK over £10 million and thousands of frustrating hours in queues.

Justine Greening, the transport secretary, said “The measures have been taken after completing wide consultations, reducing the number of rules and regulations in our life is absolutely vital to removing barriers to economic growth and increasing individual freedoms.”

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