Gordon MP Richard Thomson has welcomed new changes which take effect this week which should speed-up the medical licencing process while reducing the burden on doctors to complete DVLA medical questionnaires.
Earlier this year, Mr Thomson wrote to the UK Government calling for improvements to DVLA services, following reports of long delays, communication issues and gridlock at the agency – in some cases taking many months.
Many constituents have been in touch with Mr Thomson, detailing lengthy waits in the renewal and registration of licences and documentation. Whilst the impact of the pandemic on government services is understandable, delays may end up impacting the North-east’s rural communities, who especially rely on car travel. Issues in applications and communication with the agency have continued for over a year in some instances.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“I am still receiving complaints from constituents, but I welcome the action announced to date by the DVLA – including opening a new processing centre – to try to accelerate the processing of applications.
“This latest change which allows specialist nurses and opticians amongst other healthcare professionals to complete DVLA medical questionnaires should improve and speed up the medical licensing process.
“Whilst welcome, I will continue to monitor progress on behalf of my constituents and press for further improvements to the DVLA’s processes where necessary.”