Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Nearly a fifth of the department’s 6,116 staff may lose their jobs

Move To Close DVLA Offices: Many Jobs At Risk

All the regional offices of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency could be closed down - putting more than 1,200 jobs at risk - under government plans. The 39 local DVLA offices across England, Scotland and Wales carry out a range of duties like vehicle inspections and maintaining driver and vehicle records.

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16 thoughts on “Nearly a fifth of the department’s 6,116 staff may lose their jobs

  • I didn’t know anyone even worked there!…try speaking to someone on the phone..just round and round a message board with ‘options’ ’til you start again!

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  • general congreve says:

    What do half these people actually do anyway? And why are they needed in the modern pc and internet age?

    In this day and age the government could have one simple SQL server with a database with everyone’s complete details on. Drivers licence number, National insurance, criminal record etc. The information could all be easily pulled up, updated and cross checked by those government workers with the necessary access and accessed by the citizen online to update any details or request changes through a single website.

    The unnecessary efforts of maintenance of records and the duplication of effort across departments are the result of outdated department models from another pre-pc era. At the very least everything should be put on one card for the convenience of the individual in managing all the different aspects of modern life. All your details, in one place, job done.

    I disagree with national identity cards in the sense that you should be required to carry such a card at all times. But why not just have one card with all your details on for your own use and so your life isn’t complicated. It’s hardly an infringement of rights, as all the data is out there already anyway, it’d just cut cost and bureaucracy, providing they just used a standard market solution like an SQL or Oracle database and didn’t pay billions for some pointless custom bullsh1t new records system that doesn’t work properly.

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  • just to follow up on a discussion with techie which has fallen off page

    just had this email

    — Lloyds Banking Group to decide on future management — Raises GBP522 million on bond exchange offer — Bank to decide on preferred bidder for retail network By Marietta Cauchi Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES LONDON (Dow Jones)–Lloyds Banking Group PLC’s (LYG) focus will return to the vexed topic of its future management later this week as the bank takes a series of steps toward boosting its financial health, including the successful exchange of bonds announced earlier Tuesday. The 41%-government-owned bank has been in some disarray following the sudden departure of Chief Executive Antonio Horta-Osorio in November due to sickness. The bank has said it expects Horta-Osorio to return to his post in the New Year but has, meanwhile, struggled to find a credible succession plan in case he can’t return or the board decides he shouldn’t. The bank initially appointed Finance Director Tim Tookey as interim CEO but only as a short-term measure because Tookey had already said in September that he was leaving in 2012 to become chief financial officer of Friends Life. Lloyds subsequently said non-executive director David Roberts would take over from Tookey as interim CEO if Horta-Osorio doesn’t return by January. The board is widely expected to make its decision at a regular monthly meeting Thursday and at the same time decide on which of two bidders should enter exclusive talks to buy the bank’s 632-branch network. The bidders, bank acquisition vehicle NBNK Investments PLC (NBNK.LN) and The Co-operative Group, have both submitted offers valuing the business at around GBP1.5 billion, although the structure of each bid is likely to be very different. Lloyds is selling the network as part of a broad disposal program to shed state aid, stabilize profits and meet tough new regulatory capital requirements. Like its peer, 83%-government owned Royal Bank of Scotland PLC (RBS), Lloyds has also launched auctions for the sale of loan portfolios and in the last few days selected U.S. distressed investor Lone Star as preferred bidder for a GBP1 billion portfolio of commercial property loans. And earlier Tuesday, the bank announced the final results of its bond exchange offer which analysts estimate will result in a post-tax gain of around GBP522 million and increase its core Tier 1 ration to 10.4% from the current 10.3%. Debt exchanges, along with other measures, are being adopted by banks across Europe to improve regulatory capital requirements. The mechanism involves financial institutions taking advantage of depressed secondary prices by offering to exchange existing bonds at less than par for new notes. Lloyds offer drew an estimated 63% acceptance level.

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  • I’ve been to a local DVLA office to resolve licensing issues . Pretty sure they didn’t expand massively under the last lot like some areas of the public sector .

    If closing them down saved anything it will only be a miniscule amount of money .

    Is it me or has the World gone stark staring mad ?

    Once people conclude they cannot win they take their foot off the gas – another reason why the tax take will fall .

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  • I know a few people who work in the local DVLA offices and they primarily deal with non standard transactions (private plate/tax disc alterations for example) rather than things that can be completed online – plus not everyone (OAP’s) uses modern technology. It wont come as any great surprise to the staff as the rumours have been circulating for well over 2 years.

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  • Far too many people doing work that could mostly be done elsewhere..

    ..but part of their job is to inspect vehicle modifications and approve privately imported vehicles as roadworthy (or at least was, the last time I had any dealings with a local office)

    – Who will do that work now?

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  • general congreve says:

    @5 – When the pound collapses who’s going to be importing cars expensive modified cars anyway? I’m not paying tax for them to sit twiddling their thumbs.

    Also why can’t a private plate transaction be done online? As long as the rules and procedures are explained correctly online by plate sellers and the appropriate government website, all you do is buy your plate, register it online, pay your money, wait for confirmation email that you can use the plate, have you data on the central database updated.

    I admit OAPs aren’t all that savvy online, but many have younger family members to help them and we still have post offices who I am sure can give people the appropriate paperwork to send off to a central office if using the internet really is too demanding for them.

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  • post office is one group which is very usefull imo and should be state owned and subsidised

    not everything can be done on-line and smaller communities need a point of contact even if it runs at a loss

    how bizarre that the postman delivers all the stuff bought on-line…bit of a contradiction in terms really

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  • [email protected] – well said – I’ve been saying the same for years.
    And why not have all that data on a card which enables petrol pumps, so the only way you can buy fuel is if you have tax MOT and insurance all up to date?

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  • general congreve says:

    @8 – Sod going that far, you still need loopholes, what if I want to buy some fuel to burn down a bank or the local DVLA office? I’d want to pay cash to be on the safe side. Next you’ll be asking for all trade to be done on New World Order credits, stored on a chip under the users skin! 😉

    Personally I think there should be zero tolerance on uninsured drivers though. Car taken and immediately sold at auction. Also automatic numberplate recognition by the cameras already on all major routes that report back to local police forces to identify those in their area who are uninsured.

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  • @9 – Why? Having a piece of paper does not improve your driving skills, concentration or the mechanical condition of your car. This is what the authorities should be concentrating on as it’s these (or a lack of them) that causes crashes, not whether we’ve got insurance or not.

    Yes, I am fully insured BTW.

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  • Uncle Tom @ 5,
    Private plates and grey imports already have to pay a fee to DVLA. As long as the fee covers the cost of the service, then there need be no job losses in those departments.
    In fact the whole thing could run off its fees: we already pay for ten-yearly photocard renewals. Tesco can issue clubcards and keep my address up to date at very little cost; for most people that’s all the DVLA does too.

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  • i go into dvla local office glasgow a lot im part of the car trade industries they deal with drivers licences tax discs private numbers imports there members of staff work hard jobs dealing with confused people of all ages very busy place the fact that they work for a government that has stabed them in the back knowing fine well customers car dealers alike go there so they can get a face to face service with a human the knock on affect to car trade we should be fighting to keep jobs not going it can be done online

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  • Most of the lemmings workng in these centres are full of fear suckers, just robbing the hard earning private sector of coffers that could at least go elsewhere more usefull, such as education..

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  • they dont need the tax disc dept waste of money and resources just so the police can pull you over

    i will say one thing in their defence have you ever queued at a DMV in the USA OMG you have to arrive at 7am just to get a place in the queue and then expect to wait around 4 hours just to sort your plate or license out – some states are just going online but still it is a nightmare

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  • I do it online

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