Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

Department for Transport written question – answered on 24th March 2017.

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Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Scottish National Party, Linlithgow and East Falkirk

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward proposals to accept applications for a reduced rate of vehicle tax online and at Post Office branches.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The law requires the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to check that a customer is entitled to the standard rate of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) before a vehicle can be licensed at the reduced rate of vehicle excise duty.

The DVLA does not receive information from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about those entitled to the standard rate of PIP so is currently unable to offer an online service to those customers. Customers who wish to apply for a reduced rate of vehicle excise duty because they are in receipt of the standard rate of PIP must therefore send their application to the DVLA. The DVLA is working closely with DWP on how data can be shared securely and appropriately between the two departments to help facilitate an online and Post Office service for customers entitled to the reduced rate of vehicle excise duty.

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