DOE announce increase in Driver Licence Fees

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Friday, October 12th, 2012
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Environment Minister Alex Atwood and The Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) have today announced that from 15 October 2012 some driver licence fees will increase.

Anyone disqualified from driving for alcohol related offences will pay more for their driving licence

The fee for a provisional licence has gone up by £12.50 from £50 to £62.50 and the price of a replacement will increase by £10 from £20 to £30. The cost of a new licence after disqualification from driving will rise from £65 to £104.

However, Attwood said medically restricted licences, those for the over 70s or name or address changes will stay free.

Attwood said: “In deciding these changes, I have recognised the difficult times many face. That is why I have kept medically restricted licences, licences issued when a driver changes name and address, and licences issued to drivers over 70 years of age free.

“This represents 50% of all licence holders, and why renewal and replacement licences increase by only one pound a year for each year of the licence, the equivalent of two pence a week.”

“Keeping licences free and keeping licence increases low is all about recognising hard times. I do not do so for all. I believe those who require a licence after disqualification eg: for alcohol related driving offences, should pay more.

He added, “This may offer a little more deterrence and create more penalty for those on the wrong side of the law. Fees for licences in these cases are increasing by 60%.

“There will be a fee for bus and lorry licences – but it will only be £20. I think that a small licence fee for people engaged in various work activities is proper and the fee very reasonable.”

The fee increases are available at http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/licence-fees


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