The licensing system for operators of heavy goods vehicles and public service vehicles is be streamlined and modernised saving some £15m a year.
The changes include:
a single traffic commissioner for operators based in more than one traffic area
a simplified fee structure with most licence fees being merged with the fee for annual roadworthiness tests
a commitment to abolish windscreen discs after the roll- out of enforcement technology.
Transport minister Stephen Ladyman said: “These proposals will reduce administrative burdens associated with licensing and build upon efficiency improvements already made by the Vehicle and Operator Service Agency.”