Citation and commencement

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These Regulations may be cited as the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 and shall come into force on 1st March 2004.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 March 2004: see above.

Amendment of Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999

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Amendment of Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 19992

The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999 are amended in accordance with regulation 3.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 March 2004: see reg 1.

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For Schedule 3 (licence fees) there shall be substituted the Schedule set out in the Schedule to these Regulations.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 March 2004: see reg 1.

Signature

Signed by the authority of the Secretary of State

David Jamieson

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Department for Transport

3rd February 2004

We approve the making of these Regulations

Jim Murphy

Derek Twigg

Two of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury

5th February 2004

SCHEDULE Provisions Inserted in Substitution for Schedule 3

SCHEDULE  Provisions Inserted in Substitution for Schedule 3 Regulation 3“SCHEDULE 3
Licence Fees Regulation 14Part 1
Table of Fees
NoDescription of licence and circumstances of applicationFee payable
1A first licence.£38
2A provisional licence granted following the revocation of a licence under the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995.£38
3A full Group 1 licence which is granted in exchange for a first licence where the licence submitted for exchange was issued pursuant to an application made before 1st March 2004.£9
4A licence granted in exchange for a licence still in force or in place of a licence which has been revoked or a Community licence which is required to be delivered to the Secretary of State, except—£19
(a)    a licence granted pursuant to section 118(4) of the Traffic Act,
(b)    a licence granted following the revocation of a licence under section 93(1) of the Traffic Act or the delivery of a Community licence to the Secretary of State under section 99C(1) or (3) of the Traffic Act,
(c)    a licence which the Secretary of State is required to grant free of charge under section 93(2), 99(7) or 99C(2) of the Traffic Act,
(d)    a licence granted to reflect additional driving entitlements of the licence holder not shown by the licence submitted for exchange, or
(e)    a licence falling within any other paragraph in this Table.
5A licence granted by way of replacement of a lost or defaced licence.£19
6A licence granted upon the expiry of a period of disqualification imposed by a court under section 34 or 35 of the Offenders Act—
(a)    in the circumstances prescribed under section 94(4) of the Traffic Act, or£75
(b)    otherwise than in those circumstances,£50
and in this paragraph the reference to a period of disqualification imposed by a court under section 34 of the Offenders Act includes a period of disqualification reduced by an order of the court under section 34A of that Act.
7A provisional licence, other than a first licence, granted following disqualification ordered by a court under section 36 of the Offenders Act, whether or not the court also made an order under section 34 or 35 of that Act—
(a)    in the circumstances prescribed under section 94(4) of the Traffic Act, or£75
(b)    otherwise than in those circumstances.£50
8A provisional Group 2 licence granted to a person who, by virtue of an order under section 117(2)(b) or 117A(2)(b) of the Traffic Act, is disqualified from holding or obtaining a full licence until he passes the prescribed test of competence.£50
9A licence granted following disqualification ordered by a court under section 39A of the Child Support Act 1991.£50
10A licence granted following disqualification ordered by a court under section 40 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997.£50
11A licence granted following disqualification ordered by a court under section 146 or 147 of the Power of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000.£50
Part 2
Interpretation

In Part 1 of this Schedule—

“first licence” means a licence (other than a licence granted in exchange for a full Northern Ireland licence or to a person who has held a full Northern Ireland licence which was granted on or after 1st January 1976 or in exchange for a Community licence which is required to be delivered to the Secretary of State) granted to a person—

(a)    who has not held a licence before, or

(b)    whose last licence was a full licence which expired before 31st December 1978, or

(c)    whose last licence was a provisional licence which was granted before 1st October 1982.“

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 March 2004: see reg 1.

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EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/2864; the “1999 Regulations”).

Regulation 3 and Schedule 1 substitute a new Schedule 3 to the 1999 Regulations specifying revised fees payable upon an application for a driving licence made on or after 1st March 2004.

Note 1: The following table shows the change in the fee payable upon an application for a type of licence specified in Part 1 of Schedule 3 (as substituted by these Regulations).

Paragraph in Schedule 3 specifying a type of licence and the circumstances of the applicationFee payable on application under these Regulations (£) (fee payable formerly (£))Percentage increase (decrease) by virtue of these Regulations
1A first licence (as defined in Part 2 of Schedule 3).38 (29)31
but see Note 2 below
2A provisional licence (as detailed).38 (29)31
but see Note 2 below
3A full Group 1 licence (as detailed).9 (12)(25)
but see Note 2 below
4A licence granted on exchange (as detailed).19 (18)5.6
5A replacement licence (as detailed).19 (17)12
6A licence following disqualification (as detailed)—
(i)    when granted to a “high risk offender”, or75 (50)50
(ii)    in other cases.50 (35)43
7A provisional licence following disqualification (as detailed)—
(i)    when granted to a “high risk offender”, or75 (50)50
(ii)    in other cases.50 (35)43
8A provisional Group 2 licence (as detailed).50 (35)43
9A licence following disqualification (as detailed).50 (35)43
10A licence following disqualification (as detailed).50 (35)43
11A licence following disqualification (as detailed).50 (35)but see Note 3 below43

Note 2: Prior to the coming into force of these Regulations an applicant for a provisional Group 1 licence, who later proceeded to exchange his provisional licence following a test pass, would have to pay an aggregate of £41 for the two licences (£29 for a provisional licence and £12, on exchange, for a full licence). Under these Regulations, the aggregate cost to a new applicant of obtaining a provisional and subsequently a full licence is reduced by £3, or 7.3%.

These Regulations make special provision for persons who have obtained a provisional licence pursuant to an application made before the coming into force of these Regulations, but who obtain a first full licence after 29th February 2004. Such persons will pay £9 (the previous exchange fee being £12) to exchange a provisional licence for a full licence and so will have paid £38 in total for their two licences (all applicants for first licences from 1st March 2004 will pay £38, but there will be no charge for exchanging a provisional licence for a full licence).

Note 3: Section 146 of the Power of Criminal Court (Sentencing) Act 2000 derives from section 39 (now repealed) of the Crime (Sentencing) Act 1997. The application fee following disqualification under the former provision amounts to an increase of 43% on the application fee following disqualification under the latter provision.

From 1st March 2004 licences issued in the following circumstances will no longer be issued subject to a fee or charge;

(a)    a full licence granted in exchange for a full Northern Ireland licence or to a person who has held a full Northern Ireland licence which was granted on or after 1st January 1976;

(b)    a provisional licence authorising the driving of motorcycles, other than a first licence or a licence under paragraph 5, 6, or 7 of Schedule 3 of the 1999 Regulations as substituted by these Regulations;

(c)    a Group 1 licence (as defined in regulation 70 of the 1999 Regulations) granted upon the expiry of a previous Group 1 licence;

(d)    a provisional licence authorising the driving of vehicles of a class included in category C (which category is defined in Schedule 2 to the 1999 Regulations and includes most lorries);

(e)    a full Group 2 licence (as defined in regulation 70 of the 1999 Regulations) granted upon the expiry of a previous full Group 2 licence; and

(f)    a provisional licence authorising the driving of vehicles of a class included in category D (which category is defined in Schedule 2 to the 1999 Regulations and includes commercially operated buses and coaches).

Driving licence fees were last increased on 15th November 2001 by the Motor Vehicle (Driving Licences) (Amendment) (No 5) Regulations 2001 (SI 2001/3486).

The fees in these Regulations have been set further to the Department for Transport (Driver Licensing and Vehicle Registration Fees) Order 2003 (SI 2003/2994) which established a common pool for costs incurred in respect of various vehicle registration functions, and various driver licensing functions of the Secretary of State. In accordance with the terms of that Order, in setting the levels of fees further to this Order the Secretary of State has taken into account the costs within that common pool.

A full regulatory impact assessment of these Regulations can be obtained from Drivers Policy Group, DVLA, 3 Sandringham Park, Swansea, SA7 0EP.

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