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Road transport red-tape challenge

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The Government have announced they are trying to get rid of any red-tape in motoring that is unnecessary and time consuming for motorists.

Earlier this year every secondary regulation relating to road transportation was put forward for discussion to see where cuts could be made, everything from lost property on public transport to insurance issues were discussed.

With help from industry professionals, members of the public and civil servants they gave valued information which helped the Department for Transport gauge the possible legislations that could be looked at.

As a result of the discussion 142 regulations are to be scrapped, merged, simplified or amended to make regulations easier for everyone.

Major changes are being made to how a driver and licensing works which will mean easier services for drivers and fleet operators with less paperwork needed.

The main regulations that are to be scrapped is the regulation that requires motorists to hold a paper counterpart to their driving licence saving drivers up to £8 million, this is hoped to be done by 2015.

Another major change will be improving the regulation surrounding the notification process for vehicles that are not in use on the road, once drivers have notified the DVLA their vehicle is SORN they will no longer have the burden of an annual SORN renewal. 

Public transport will also be look at for people who don’t drive and use public transport the current regulation on lost property is that there has to be 48 hours to claim it back otherwise it gets destroyed, this will hopefully be changed by the Department for Transport to a wider time frame or implement another procedure that will help passengers.

The Red-Tape Challenge has also considered various measures that are not based in legislation and have looked at ways to amend or simplify them. 

A proposal will also be put into place for the need of a car insurance certificate; the Department for Transport will work with the insurance industry on removing the need for motorists to hold an insurance certificate.

Scrapping of the insurance certificate will mean 600,000 people will be able to tax their car online using a new database of insurance that will identify who the keeper of the vehicle is.

If the new regulations do eventually go ahead it will save time and money for motorists and transport services making all areas more efficient.

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By Amanda Bainbridge