The DVSA have changed the way they take roadside payments from drivers.
The announcement came in January and the change took place at the end of the month. The DVSA will no longer accept chip & PIN payments from drivers paying fixed penalty notices during roadside inspections.
Instead, a system has been implemented by the DVSA that allows online payments to be made by the driver, or by a nominated individual.
What are the changes to roadside payments?
In the past drivers who had been stopped and inspected by the roadside could pay a fixed penalty using chip & PIN.
In the new system, when a driver has been issued a fixed penalty notice by DVSA enforcement staff during the course of a roadside inspection, they will be asked to provide contact details (in the form of an email address or phone number) for a nominated payee (the nominated payee can be the driver themselves).
The nominated payee will then receive a link to the DVSA’s new secure payment portal, with a unique code, which they can enter to make the payment.
Once the payment has been made, the enforcement staff onsite will receive a message, confirming receipt of the payment. Your vehicle will be released once any outstanding issues have been resolved and you will receive a receipt confirming that payment was made.
How will the changes affect drivers and operators?
By eliminating the need to chip & PIN, drivers can make payments more easily. They can nominate their operator as the payee, meaning that payment for fixed penalty noticed can be made from anywhere, and eliminating the need for back-office administration associated with drivers paying fines using personal funds.
Ultimately, by enabling drivers and operators to pay fixed penalty notices online anywhere, at any time, this change means that drivers can move on from roadside inspections much faster.
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