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Bodyshops and insurers urged to have their say to avoid plate change 'nightmare'

Bodyshops and insurers are being urged to respond to the DVLA's consultation paper into number plate legislation before it causes an 'administrative nightmare'.

Glass's believes proposed changes that will force number plate suppliers to keep detailed records of the sale of plates and to obtain proof of identity and vehicle ownership before making up new sets will cause headaches for bodyshop owners.

"We're encouraging bodyshop owners to apply for the DVLA consultation paper and respond to the proposal in order for the industry to have their say rather than live with legislation they disagree with and that will have cost implications," said Gordon Reid, Glass's commercial and insurance division commercial director.

Mr Reid believes the changes could have a detrimental effect because:

  • small bodyshops often use motor factors to generate number plates and could have difficulty supplying proof of ownership
  • larger bodyshops with their own in-house number plate facilities will have to set up new systems to produce plates and check vehicle ownership. They will probably have to pay registration and ongoing costs included in the scheme
  • with many insurers moving to telephone or on-line repair approval it could prove extremely difficult and costly to administer.

    A copy of the DVLA consultation paper is available by calling 0870 2412 145. It can also be viewed at the DVLA website where you will also find an on-line response form.

    Responses must reach the DVLA by September 28, 2001.

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