'Sad day' as Coleraine DVA is shut

Published Thursday, 17 July 2014
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The shutters came down on driver or vehicle licensing offices across Northern Ireland for the final time on Thursday evening.

It comes after the government announced a move to centralise DVA services in Wales.

Thousands of local motorists use the offices every month to tax or register their vehicles, but from next week they have will to go online or use a post office.

Meanwhile over 300 workers from NI's eight DVA centres have said they are still waiting to be told if they will be moved to other jobs.

The largest centre was in Coleraine, Co Londonderry, and staff say it has been a "sad day".

"We still don't know what's going to happen," one worker told UTV. "It's uncertain for people, will they have to travel, will they have to make other arrangements?"

Another added: "They had very good staff and I think they've been treated abominably. It's a very, very sad day."

There was a rush to get cars taxed in Coleraine on Thursday. From Monday it will have to be done online after all UK-wide services become centralised at the DVA in Swansea.

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland last month said it was hoped that up to 100 short term jobs could be provided for former motor tax workers in Coleraine, while the Department of the Environment has pledged to move 70 civil service posts to the town.

© UTV News
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5 Comments
John in Belfast wrote (66 days ago):
Now more people loosen there jobs ! Disgrace ! With christmas on the way ! It will be a nite mare now till get your car tax as there will be back logg now .
Phil in Belfast wrote (67 days ago):
Moving all services back to Britain, trying to tell us something.
Scott in Belfast wrote (67 days ago):
About time NI came into the 21st century with this. Just pay online and that is it. Easy. Instead of having to sit for ages in the crowded office and take time out of work to go there.
Keep motoring in NI wrote (67 days ago):
The Coleraine staff have always been most helpful - I wish them all the best for the future.
motorist in belfast wrote (67 days ago):
a sad day for all motorists in ni the workers at coleraine an the gasworks in belfast where brillant any time i dealt with them and what if an old age pensioner hasnt got excess to a computer whats he/she meant to do get a plane to swansea?????
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