Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich has today welcomed the announcement by the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has awarded a new seven year contract to the Post Office to provide DVLA’s services from their post office network.
The contract award means that motorists in Suffolk will continue to be able to access DVLA services locally to tax their cars and apply for driving licences.
DVLA-related services at the Post Office will expand to include services currently only offered through DVLA local offices, such as the provision of duplicate licences. The contract also provides scope for the provision of other Government services through the post office network.
Earlier this year, Dr Poulter gave his strong support to local post offices in their campaign to see more Government services returned to the wider Post Office network, including the full range of DVLA services. Following a visit to Otley Village Store and Post Office, he wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport to find out what steps the Government was taking to support Post Office Ltd in its bid to win the DVLA contract.
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