Northern Ireland

DVA move: Northern Ireland motorists advised of changes

Sign at DVA office in Coleraine
Image caption All DVA offices in Northern Ireland, including the headquarters in Coleraine, are set to close to the public on 17 July

Motorists will no longer be able to tax their vehicles at Driver and Vehicle Agency buildings in Northern Ireland as the offices are to close next month.

From 21 July, motorists who need to tax or register their vehicles must do so either online or at a post office.

All DVA offices in Northern Ireland are due to shut on 17 July, as the service is being centralised in Wales.

As a result, more than 300 DVA jobs are being lost, mainly in Coleraine, County Londonderry.

From Monday 21 July, all UK-wide vehicle licensing will be delivered by the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea.

The DVA has issued advice to Northern Ireland motorists who need to tax their vehicles during the transition period.

"Specifically, if people want to tax a car on Friday 18 July, the handover period of data to Swansea, they will need to go to the Post Office," a DVA statement said.

DVA chief executive Paul Duffy said the changeover to the new system "should be as smooth as possible for local motorists".

"I have thus advised the DVLA officials in Swansea that they need to communicate with people taxing their cars here, as clearly and timely as possible.

"The staff in the DVA have provided a first-class service to motorists here and have set a very high standard for the DVLA in Swansea to follow when it takes over full responsibility for all vehicle licensing services from 21 July," Mr Duffy added.

Further information on the DVA office changes is available online and a leaflet explaining the new system will be issued with all car tax reminders from 5 July.

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