CHANGES to rules surrounding vehicle tax discs will have no impact on jobs at Swansea's DVLA, agency bosses have promised.
From October the organisation will cease issuing paper tax discs and switch to a new electronic system in a move designed to cut down on administrative costs.
It was feared that the implementation of the new scheme could lead to job losses at the agency's headquarters at Morriston which employs some 5,000 people. But, in a statement yesterday, the organisation claimed the move would not result in redundancies.
A spokesman told the Evening Post: "Issuing tax discs is mainly done automatically and there will be no impact on staff numbers as a result of the abolition of the tax disc."
Under the new rules, drivers will no longer receive tax discs to fix to their windscreen, but car owners still need to have vehicle tax to drive or keep a vehicle on the road.
Motorists will need to pay their road tax online via the DVLA website or they can visit their local post office. Vehicle tax will no longer be transferred with the vehicle so used car buyers will have to renew tax immediately.
The new rules also put the onus on used car sellers to tell the DVLA when they sell their vehicle, if not they could face a £1,000 fine.
Police will now use automatic number plate recognition cameras to catch those who haven't paid up.
The DVLA says the new rules will streamline services and save money in administrative costs. Meanwhile, a public information film created by the agency to explain the changes has been ridiculed online. The 85 second clip has been described as "utter rubbish".
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