Transport staff to protest over plans to close city’s DVLA office

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TRANSPORT staff will hold protests tomorrow against plans to close Portsmouth’s driving agency office.

The Public and Commercial Services Union announced yesterday its members will hold a demonstration outside the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) office in Kingston Crescent, Buckland.

The government recently announced it wants to close all 39 of the DVLA’s regional offices in a cost-cutting move, putting 24 jobs in jeopardy in Portsmouth.

Union members will protest against the plans outside the office from 12.30pm until 1.30pm.

Mark Serwotka, pictured, from the PCS union, said: ‘We will not sit back and watch while jobs and highly-prized public services are stripped away.

‘Our local economies are crying out for support and investment, not more cuts.

‘The closure plans are not based on what the people who use these services say they want and need, but on a politically-motivated desire to unpick our public services.’

There is a consultation on the proposals to close regional DVLA offices.

The PCS union says the face-to-face service offered by the Portsmouth office is vital as complex motoring issues cannot often be handled over the phone or on the internet.

People can use the DVLA office in Portsmouth to register a vehicle, tax their car, register number plates and apply for a licence.

The consultation closes on March 20.