IAM welcomes removal of red tape for motorists

15th December 2011

The Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM) has welcomed news from the government that it is to reduce the amount of red tape facing motorists.

Following a consultation, plans have been unveiled by the Department for Transportation which would see legislation requiring all motorists to hold a paper counterpart to their licence scrapped by 2015, a move that would save £8 million.

Other proposals include only issuing hard-copies of vehicle registration certificates for fleet operators when they are actually needed and introducing improving regulation of notifications for vehicles that are not in use on roads.

The IAM believes this last point will prevent motorists from being fined for "not telling the DVLA something they already know" if a vehicle is not in use.

However, the organisation's chief executive Simon Best said: "We would urge the department to carefully consider how any changes would impact on road safety, particularly the suggested proposals for removing driver CPC (certificate for professional competence) for some sectors."

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