Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshirehas described the deal that will see the Post Office continue to deliver tax disc and driving licence services as 'good news for East Dunbartonshire Post Offices and motorists'.
Motorists will be able to tax their cars and apply for or renew driving licences at the Post Office for at least seven more years in a deal with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) announced today by the Coalition Government.
Commenting Jo said:
"I am absolutely delighted that Post Office Ltd has won this important DVLA contract. People know the Post Office as a much-loved institution and this shows that it is also a modern, independent, competitive business delivering on its ambitions to become a 'front office' for Government.
"Post Offices are a vital part of our communities and this news, along with the Coalition's commitment to invest more than £1bn in the Post Office network, helps to put them on a more sustainable footing for the future.
"This win follows the recent addition of other new services, including the announcement that HSBC plans to offer access to their current accounts at the post office from next spring.
"It's vital that the post office continues to build on this success to develop and secure more new services for citizens up and down the UK."
- The Coalition Government announced that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) was awarding a new contract to the Post Office to provide DVLA services until 31 March 2020.
- This contract has the option for an extension for a further three years and will mean drivers will be able to get their vehicle excise duty car tax discs from Post Offices as well as applying for driving licences at certain post offices.
- The announcement by the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLouglin, can be viewed online: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-vote-office/November_2012/13-11-12/5.TRANSPORT-DVLA-counter-services.pdf