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System must help turn DVLA into hi-tech service, says AA

THE new number plate system must be accompanied by radical measures to convert the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency from a tax-collector to a hi-tech service for motorists, according to the AA. The motoring organisation has welcomed the move to six-monthly plate changes from March 1999, followed by a completely new plate system from September 2001.

The new plate system looks set to use an ABC 12 DE format - with three random letters, numerical age identifier and geographical code - although this may be changed after further research and consultation with the police. The alternative would be to turn it around the other way, with the regional identifier at the front of the plate.

However, AA head of roads and transport Paul Watters said: 'Now that we have a sensible and easily recognisable number plate system, we have to look at ways of revamping the DVLA itself and driving it into the 21st century. A rejuvenated DVLA should be able to innovate. The DVLA services need to be available when and where people need them. Holding records of MoT and insurance, and operating in real-time, will enable consumers and authorities to gain immediate access to reliable data.'

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