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afrl replacement roll-out delayed

The DVLA has bowed to concerns about the new web-based motorcycle first registrations system, RaV, and has postponed its introduction until May 2019. The system, which is to replace the Automated First Registration and Licensing (AFRL) service, had been due to come into operation around the middle of next month.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority cited concerns raised by industry and future users of RaV. A statement from Hugh Evans, corporate services manager at DVLA, read: “The process of on-boarding and migrating [to RaV] will be a much more complex and resource intensive programme of work than was originally envisaged. Communicating the change and confirming the on-boarding requirements to more than 8000 diverse users has been a significant and resource intensive task.

“We have listened to your concerns and have revisited our plans to see what can be done to alleviate the pressures on the roll-out plan.

“As a result, we have taken the decision to extend the roll-out implementation dates to ensure we can address all the concerns that have been raised by industry colleagues and users of the services. The implementation date for the RaV Web service will be extended to May 2019.”

Prior to the postponement, an online forum set up by the DVLA flagged up disquiet about a lack of communication, with the MCIA complaining in October that the absence of a template necessary to use the system was “seriously holding up [the MCIA’s] development work”. The template eventually became available in November.

WHAT THE DVLA IS SAYING

The full DVLA announcement postponing RaV read: “DVLA is grateful for the help and co-operation that we have had from industry colleagues in transitioning from the Automated First Registration and Licensing (AFRL) legacy service to the new Register a Vehicle (RaV) service.

“Great progress has been made in migrating manufacturers on to the new RaV Co-op service with approximately 60% of manufacturers having already transferred. Plans are in place for the remaining manufacturers to migrate to the new service by 1 February. At the recent First Registration User Group (FRUG), a number of manufacturers gave positive feedback on their experiences in terms of transitioning to the new RaV Co-op service and also commented that the new service offers significant improvements.

“I am pleased to update you on the progress of the new RaV web service. We recently passed an assessment with the Government Digital Service (GDS) that allows us to launch the web service on the GOV.UK website. However, while the development work to complete the new RaV Web service is progressing well, we recognise that the process of on-boarding and migrating will be a much more complex and resource intensive programme of work than was originally envisaged. Communicating the change and confirming the on-boarding requirements to more than 8000 diverse users has been a significant and resource intensive task. We have listened to your concerns and have revisited our plans to see what can be done to alleviate the pressures on the roll out plan.

“As a result, we have taken the decision to extend the roll-out implementation dates to ensure we can address all the concerns that have been raised by industry colleagues and users of the services. The implementation date for the RaV Web service will be extended to May 2019.

“The migration window will still commence for phase 1 in January 2019 with the extension enabling the phased implementation of the other vehicle categories and to ensure no disruption at peak period. We are currently in a test phase with one manufacturer that has successfully uploaded to a retailer that has reserved a vehicle registration mark to a vehicle.

“This decision has been made in full consultation with the trade associations that represent each motoring sector.

“We will be writing to you shortly with further details of the revised implementation plans.”

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