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.