Local judge criticises DVLA

A judge has said there has been ‘a severe drop off in performance’ at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency since it moved to Wales.

District Judge Barney McElholm made the comments as he was dealing with a number of minor traffic offences at the local magistrate’s court.

In one case, a man had sent his licence away in August last year to the DVLA and it was still not returned nine months later.

Judge McElholm said that this was a common occurrence and criticised the DVLA for the delays.

‘Since the DVLA moved to Swansea, there seems to have been a complete breakdown in communications’.

He added; ‘There has been a severe drop off in performance since it has gone to Swansea.”

Judge McElholm said he would not be take any action against the defendant who did not have his licence.