BREAKING: 1200 jobs at risk

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More than 1,200 jobs are at risk under Government proposals to close 39 regional offices - inlcuding the one in Sheffield - of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), it was announced today.

The 39 offices are expected to close by the end of 2013, Roads Minister Mike Penning said.

He added that the proposal, which will now be consulted on, “will make dealing with the DVLA easier and quicker for motorists and businesses”.

Ten of the 39 centres include DVLA regional enforcement centres.

The Sheffield office is at Cedar House, Hallamshire Cout, Napier Street, Sharrow.

Under the Government proposals, the work done at the centres will be centralised at the DVLA’s headquarters in Swansea in South Wales.

The plans could deliver savings of around £28 million a year.

Mr Penning said: “This is a major step change which will make dealing with the DVLA easier and quicker for motorists and businesses up and down the country.

“Centralising the DVLA’s services is the first crucial step towards making more of its transactions available online, allowing people to deal with the DVLA at their chosen time and place. This will mean quicker turnarounds and meet our customers’ growing needs.”

The DVLA has been a Government agency since 1990 and keeps driver and vehicle records.

It employs 6,116 staff, with 1,213 potentially affected by the proposed office closures.

The 39 regional offices carry out a range of administrative functions such as arranging trade plates for garages, vehicle inspections and personalised registration mark transfers.

The 10 enforcement centres carry out a range of back-office duties relating to the DVLA’s enforcement of offences, which include failure to tax vehicles, having no motor insurance and failing to tell the DVLA about vehicles being kept off the road.

Consultation with affected staff began today.