1.By a letter dated 18th July 2018, the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments requested a memorandum on the following point:
Explain why the instrument does not give an address where a hard copy of the National Register of LGV instructors and the National Vocational Driving Instructors Register can be inspected free of charge.
2.In its First Special Report of Session 2017 - 19 on “Transparency and Accountability in Subordinate Legislation”, the Committee set out its view that availability details should be given for both hard copy and electronic versions of documents referred to in subordinate legislation.
3.The Department recognises the importance of the availability of hard copy documents for those who do not have access to the internet and the Department has already taken steps to remind its drafting lawyers of the importance the Committee attaches to the accessibility of relevant documents, and will remind them again.
4.The Department intends to amend the Explanatory Memorandum for the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 to provide contact details for a person within the Department to whom queries about inspecting hard copies of the Registers, free of charge, at the Department’s address in Horseferry Road should be addressed.
Department for Transport
24 July 2018
Published: 14 September 2018