Government red-tape cuts will ‘save motorists £54million’

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 13:00
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TAPE: Transport Secretary Stephen Hammond

Motorists will save £54million this coming financial year due to ‘red-tape’ cuts, Roads Minister Stephen Hammond has predicted.

Announcing two new initiatives – a driver working time rules guide and relaxation of tachograph hours records download frequency – Mr Hammond claimed numerous legislative changes will benefit road-users.

The paper tax disc scrap will save £14million each year, he predicted, while the paper driving licence counterpart could save an estimated £8million.

Changes to address and vehicle details will be made possible online, while businesses could save an estimated £29million after the requirement to return an insurance certificate upon policy cancellation was scrapped.

Around two million fleet vehicles could also save a predicted £3million each year, following the paper registration certificate culling.

Mr Hammond said: “Taxpayers have a right to expect government services to be convenient and uncomplicated.

“The work we have carried out to remove unnecessary paperwork has reaped real benefits for motorists and businesses.

“Some of these changes might seem very straightforward but they are helping to make life easier for millions of people.

“Our work will not stop there and we will continue to look for ways of slashing unnecessary bureaucracy across the transport network and ensuring government services are customer-friendly.”

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