Relief at Last for the Motorist

Motorhome enthusiasts will be delighted to learn that at long last the Department for Transport (DfT) appear to be doing something that will help the motorist rather than hinder them.

The DfT have resolved to slash the red tape surrounding motoring regulation and certification at a stroke. The initiative will enable motorhome owners to get out and enjoy their time on the highways of the UK rather than spend their time filling out forms for the DfT. The government department are promising to dispel with much of the protocol surrounding taxing and insuring a vehicle within the next 12 months.

The first target will be the paper part of a driving licence. Everyone now has to hold a photo card driving licence but when it comes to identification with regard to vehicle documentation, the paper part must also be produced. It is a total waste of time and at long last the DfT have recognised this. The same applies to the need for proof of insurance when taxing a car. Computer databases already exist for insurance, taxation and documentation and they are interconnected. The DfT now realise that the proof is already in the system and so the current procedure is simply stopping drivers from using online solutions to tax and register vehicles and it is clogging up the system.

The revamp of the procedures will mean motorhome owners will no longer need the hard copy of their motorhome insurance certificate when they tax their van and it seems as if the Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) will also change. The SORN was tightened up in 2011 but now DfT officials are thinking of just allowing owners to declare once and not renew every 12 months. This will save on paperwork and on staff and perhaps more importantly give vehicle owners a bit of breathing space.

A spokesman for the RAC welcomed the changes and said: “Copious amounts of paperwork need not be held by motorists just to prove their eligibility to drive. We live in digital age – and one where the environmental impact of wasted resources, including paper, is very prevalent – we need to embrace that fact.”