Press release

More motorists use DVLA’s digital service on Christmas Day

DVLA releases figures that show nearly 8,000 motorists taxed or declared their vehicle off the road via a digital service on Christmas Day.

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The number of motorists who used GOV.UK to tax or declare their vehicle off the road on Christmas Day has increased by 22%.

According to figures released today (4 January 2013) by DVLA, nearly 8,000 motorists taxed or declared their vehicle off road on the day. The busiest time was between 11 and 12 noon when 711 people used the site.

Christmas Day also saw 112 drivers over the age of 70 going digital to renew their driving licence. Personalised registration numbers also proved a festive hit, with 243 numbers sold.

Roads Minister, Stephen Hammond, said:

We know that more and more motorists are choosing to go digital when dealing with the DVLA. Our digital services are proving extremely popular and are designed to be easy to use any time of the day or night to fit in with people’s lifestyles, including Christmas Day.

A total of 7,867 motorists used the service to tax or declare their vehicle off road on Christmas Day, compared to the 6,419 who used it on Christmas Day the previous year.

For further information on DVLA’s electronic services go to GOV.UK.

Notes to editors

The following is a full breakdown of the number of motorists who used the service to tax or declare their vehicle off road on Christmas Day in the last 2 years:

Time of Day 2012 2011
0:00am to 0:59am 198 156
1am to 1:59pm 81 81
2am to 2:59pm 36 30
3am to 3:59pm 22 23
4am to 4:59pm 17 13
5am to 5:59pm 27 20
6am to 6:59pm 42 40
7am to 7:59pm 108 100
8am to 8:59pm 269 202
9am to 9:59pm 408 377
10am to 10:59pm 654 585
11am to 11:59pm 711 582
12pm to 12:59pm 678 522
1pm to 1:59pm 510 384
2pm to 2:59pm 418 356
3pm to 3:59pm 361 274
4pm to 4:59pm 367 336
5pm to 5:59pm 425 347
6pm to 6:59pm 407 339
7pm to 7:59pm 459 368
8pm to 8:59pm 492 414
9pm to 9:59pm 443 340
10pm to 10:59pm 451 292
11pm to 11:59pm 283 238
Total 7867 6419

More than half of all motorists who tax or declare their vehicle off the road use the digital service. More than 22 million motorists use the service every year. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is quick and easy to use and typically takes just 4 minutes.

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Published 4 January 2013