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DoT plans to ease re-licensing headache for fleets

THE Department of Transport is considering proposals to waive the production of an insurance certificate to re-license vehicles owned by fleet operators but managed by third parties. The move will allow fleet management companies to tax their clients' cars on their behalf without going through the administrative rigmarole of obtaining and submitting insurance documents for each individual vehicle.

The certificate aims to bring these vehicles into line with leased fleet cars which are already exempt from the requirement. If approved, the proposals will save the fleet industry an estimated £750,000 in administrative costs and will also dovetail with the DVLA's electronic re-licensing initiative. The proposals have the support of Transport Minister Steven Norris but the DoT is seeking wider consultation with the industry as a whole.

Interested parties should return any submissions on the proposals, within four weeks, to: Mike Power, DoT, Licensing and Roadworthiness Policy, Zone 2/11, Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DR.

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