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Post Office Contracts

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 5 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for which services (a) his Department and (b) its associated public bodies hold contracts with the Post Office; and what the (i) start and (ii) termination date is of each contract. (81536)

Vehicle re-licensing (car tax renewal) and a statutory off-road notification (SORN) service is provided over the counter in approximately 4,600 motor vehicle licensing (MVL) branches. Postal applications are handled in 120 of these offices.

A photo card driving licence premium service, checking application forms and supporting identity documents, is provided in approximately 740 branches.

A range of vehicle and driving licence forms, leaflets and booklets are held in all 14,000 branches.

Over the last five years Post Office Ltd./DVLA has introduced a new electronic system for both vehicle re-licensing and making a statutory off-road notification (SORN) at MVL Post Office® branches through reading barcodes on application forms/registration certificates.

Since August 2004, when re-licensing their vehicle or making a statutory off-road notification (SORN), customers have been able to notify a change of tax class into the disabled tax class at MVL Post Office® branches.

The vehicles’ re-licensing contract started in April 2002 and terminates on 31 March 2007.

The premium service contract started in November 2002 and terminates on 31 March 2007.

Negotiations are under way with Post Office Ltd. to continue both services from April 2007 onwards.