Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Twelfth Report


Memorandum from the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions



(S.I. 2001/3486)

1. The Committee has asked for a Memorandum on the following point:

"Explain the reasons for the substantial increases in the fees (from £28.50 to £35, and from £37.50 to £50) specified in the Schedule in relation to items 12 to 14, given that the date of the last increase was 1 November 2000."

2. The increase from £28.50 to £35 reflects an increase in the cost of dealing with all endorsement and disqualification information received from the Courts (particularly because of an increase in the cost of retrieving licences from drivers who fail to surrender them).

3. The increase from £37.50 to £50 relates to issuing licences following disqualification when section 94(4) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 applies. These cases relate to High Risk Offenders as specified in regulation 74 of the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999 (S.I.1999/2864). In these cases the Secretary of State must be satisfied that the applicant is not suffering from a relevant disability eg one involving mis-use of alcohol.

4. Earlier this year, an internal review of these cases established that the regime was not self-financing, but was being cross-subsidised by other transactions. In particular it was necessary to increase the fee to reflect -

(a)  the significant amount of additional administrative work of dealing with these cases;

    (b)  the cost of medical investigations required in addition to those for which the applicant pays.

26 November 2001

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