THE motor tax office in Enniskillen is to close its doors for the last time next month.
The Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) has just confirmed that all local DVA offices across the North, including the Enniskillen office located in County Buildings, will shut on July 17.
Manager of the Enniskillen office Kate Charity said there are four permanent staff in their office and already three of her staff have been interviewed for other civil service jobs in Enniskillen.
“I’ll be here until the very end,” joked Kate who reassured the public that it is very much ‘business as usual’ in the Enniskillen tax office until Thursday, July 17.
In actual fact, Mrs Charity said they are very busy at the moment.
“We have a lot of people coming into us with the old style tax books for tractors. Coleraine actually can’t keep up the demand because these tractors have to be inspected.
“These tractors may have been sitting idle for years and are therefore not registered on our system. But if they don’t get registered onto our (Northern Irleand) system before we close then Swansea doesn’t want to know about them and they will effectively cease to exist – it won’t be possible to register or tax them again.”
Kate Charity said she also hopes to be redeployed in Enniskillen but she hasn’t had a position confirmed yet.
From Monday 21 July, people who wish to tax or register their vehicles must do this online at http://www.gov.uk/taxdisc or at a post office.
They will no longer be able to tax or register vehicles at DVA offices in Northern Ireland.
From this date vehicle licensing will also be delivered by the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea.
Specifically, if people want to tax a car on Friday 18 July, the handover period of data to Swansea, they will need to go to the Post Office.
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