Theory Test Cheaper

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Reduction in the cost of Learner Theory Tests The Department of the Environment (DOE) Minister Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, has announced that the cost of the driving theory test will be cut by nearly 25%, saving learner drivers over £400,000 annually. Note that the annual £400,000 is not each individual learner driver or rider, […]

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DVLA Shade Of Blue

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At Right To Ride we have been reporting on the DVLA (Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency) in Swansea, taking over the responsibility for all vehicle licensing services in Northern Ireland since the proposal in July 2013 suggesting the move to  Swansea to the withdrawal of issuing a paper tax disc for display on a motorcycle […]

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End Of The Road

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Tax Disc End Of The Road The DVLA (Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency) in Swansea, who have now taken over the responsibility for all vehicle licensing services in Northern Ireland, have officially announced the end of the road for the need to display a tax disc. From the 1st October 2014 the requirement to display […]

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Tax Away!

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Today (17th July 2014) sees the closure of Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) offices in Northern Ireland. This is because the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea will now take over full responsibility for all vehicle licensing services from Monday 21st July 2014. Stating the obvious, this means that you will no longer […]

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Restricted 45mph

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Speed Awarness on Restricted 45mph Word has reached us that new riders riding on R plates have been stopped by the PSNI and have been “informed” that they are restricted to 45mph and thus are “breaking” the law. However this is not strictly true – naturally if you are doing 45mph in a 30mph limit […]

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“MoT Sculduggery……”

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We love this spoof story on “MoT Sculduggery As 100% Pass Rate Investigated In Cookstown” from the Tyrone Tribulations – News from amongst the bushes. The main gist of the story is: “The chief of NI Vehicle Testing Agency has confirmed they have proof of underhand dealings at Cookstown Vehicle Test Centre after a bogus […]

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Outraged At London

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Over the last few months we have been reporting on the threat to 300 employees of losing their jobs at the DVA (Driver and Vehicle Agency)  in Northern Ireland. The threat which is now a reality and looks like a foregone conclusion, as the announcement has been made by Ministers in London, to centralise all […]

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Rolling Road Trials

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For the last several months there have been rumours that the Driver & Vehicle and Testing Agency (DVTA) in Northern Ireland who “run” the MoT centres, are to introduce a rolling brake test for motorcycles. We at Right To Ride we have had various conversations about what the supposed test would involve. However last week […]

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DVA Recognised

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The DVA – Driver & Vehicle Agency has been recognised for exceptionally high standards in customer service Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today – Friday 14th February 2014 – congratulated the DVA on retaining the prestigious Customer Service Excellence Standard. The award is given to organisations that demonstrate that they are efficient, effective, excellent, equitable […]

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Amending the 3DLD Licence

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January 2013 saw the introduction of a 3rd European Driving Licence Directive (3DLD). The EU rules introduced amongst other changes were measures claiming to make motorcycling safer as it would ensure that motorcyclists would gain access to more powerful motorcycles by means of experience and/or age. The directive imposed licence categories of minimum ages, especially […]

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DVA Job Cuts Update

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We previously reported on a consultation from the Department for Transport (DfT) in London which looked at centralising the delivery of vehicle and registration services at the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea, the consultation ran until the 11th September 2013. The Department of the Environment (DOE) in Northern Ireland though its previous Minister, […]

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