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Driving licence fees set to be reduced

Driving licence fees set to be reduced

Plans have been announced today for driving licence fees to be reduced by up to 32 per cent.

The proposals, which could take effect this October, aim to save drivers nearly £18 million.

Motorists who apply online for their first driving licence would see the fee drop from £50 to £34, while drivers renewing their licence online after 10 years would see it cut from £20 to £14. All driver and company digital tachograph cards would fall from £38 to £32.

Making the announcement, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: "I have been working hard to drive savings across the whole public sector, and it's great to see the benefit of these efficiencies feed through to drivers' and businesses' pockets. What the DVLA have shown today is that you can do more for less."

Transport Minister Claire Perry said: "The cost of driving can be significant, especially for new drivers. I'm pleased to say that we are planning to save drivers £18m a year by cutting licence fees, thanks to the DVLA making significant savings to their running costs."

The DVLA is currently reviewing all the fees that it charges motorists. The consultation launched today is the first step in this ongoing review.

by: Danielle Bagnall