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Derry Tax office closure imminent

The DVA Driver and Vehicle Licensing offices for Northern Ireland at County Hall in Coleraine, Co-Derry where hundreds of jobs are going. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ��by-line

The DVA Driver and Vehicle Licensing offices for Northern Ireland at County Hall in Coleraine, Co-Derry where hundreds of jobs are going. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ��by-line

A reminder has been issued that the Motor Tax Office in Derry will close for good at the close of business on Thursday.

The office at Orchard House on Foyle Street is one of several offices across the north closing on July 17th.

The Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) said the move was part of a raft of changes to how people tax their vehicles.

From next Monday, 21st July, people who wish to tax or register their vehicles will have to do so at the Post Office or online at https://www.gov.uk/tax-disc.

They will no longer be able to tax or register vehicles at DVA offices in Northern Ireland either face-to-face, by telephone or by post.

This is due to the DVLA in Swansea taking over full responsibility for all vehicle licensing services from next week.

The move has meant hundreds of job losses for the north, most of them at the main DVA office in Coleraine.

A DVA spokesman said of the changes post-closure: “Specifically, if people want to tax a car on Friday 18th July, the handover period of data to Swansea, they will need to go to the Post Office.”

Further information is available at: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/how-you-tax-your-car-is-changing. A leaflet explaining the new system is now being issued with all car tax reminders.

The DVA’s other functions such as driver licensing, driver and vehicle testing, bus and taxi licensing and roadside compliance checks are not affected by the transfer of vehicle licensing to Swansea.

The identity checking service for driving licence applicants currently provided at motor tax offices, will only be available from Monday 21st July at Driver Licensing HQ, County Hall, Coleraine and at the MOT test centre at Newbuildings in Derry.

A list of Post Offices is available at: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/list-of-post-offices-where-you-can-licence-your-vehicle.htm.

 

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