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searchable DVLA database to go online!

Post by falkor » Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:23 pm

The searchable database for individuals and companies to check speeding endorsements and other details such as what sort of car a driver is allowed to drive could also bring down the cost of car hire.

By Georgia Graham, Political Correspondent 6:00AM GMT 09 Jan 2014
Currently insurance companies can only check licence details when they offer quotes or sell policies as the only way to access the information through lengthly calls to the DVLA call centre – a process that is too time consuming and expensive to do carry out in every case.
Instead insurers asumme that some drivers buying a policy will either lie to them about endorsements to get a lower quote, or simply make a mistake about how many points they have on their licence and raise all prices accordingly.
Individual drivers will also be able to access the new system which will be launched by the DVLA in March and will be able to check the number of points that are currently valid if they type in their licence number, national insurance number and postcode.

The My Licence project is the latest part of the coalition's digital agenda, which has been gradually moving services on to the internet.

The move to online will make the paper counterpart of a licence obsolete and will be phased out by 2015 in favour of a single, plastic photocard licence. Old-style paper licences, held by an estimated 10 million motorists, will be abolished shortly after.