DVLA warns of fraudulent tax and licence services
By: Click4Reg Team
Last updated: 28 March 2014
The Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) have once again warned drivers about fraudulent tax and licence services. Many of these rogue companies operate online and offer a check and send service. However, these firms are operating with no DVLA affiliation and, in some circumstances, may be acting illegally. They can also boost the cost of getting a licence significantly, despite the negligible service they provide.
The DVLA has issued warnings about rogue websites before, advising people to take care when applying for vehicle tax or driving licences online. When undertaking either option, its imperative to only use the GOV.UK website so that applicants can be sure theyre using an official source. This latest reminder has come as the Government, helped along by the Government Digital Service (GDS) continue to investigate claims that many online service providers purposely mislead consumers or, in other cases, are acting unlawfully.
Talking about the problem of rogue websites, the DVLA said theyd received several reports about websites offering check and send services. These companies charge a fee to look over application forms for both tax and licences. The DVLA has been quick to point out that these services are not affiliated with the official agency, and charge far more. In fact, while the rogue firms say that theyre offering a value-added service, it can often mean paying up to three times more for a licence. Applying for a licence can be done by simply filling out a DVLA form which can be found at the Post Office. Often, all these firms do is fill out the form for an applicant and charge an astronomical fee for the service.
For many people, applying for licences, sorting out road tax and even buying private number plates online has become a way of life. The Internet makes it easy to sort things out in a quick and easy manner, and people no longer have to rely on opening times to get organised. However, this has allowed fraudsters to take advantage and charge for services that might be free elsewhere, or at the very least, far cheaper. In addition, some companies might even be breaking the law. It means that when people are applying for driving licenses and road tax, they must do so through the correct channels. Meanwhile, only utilising respected and professional registration suppliers, such as Click4Reg, is vital for anyone who doesnt want to be duped.