The award of a new contract for DVLA services to the Post Office has been welcomed by Argyll and Bute MP Alan Reid.
Under the contract, the Post Office will offer an expanded range of DVLA services at more than 4,700 outlets for road tax and vehicle transactions, 750 of which will also cater for driver licensing.
Some nine hundred constituents - many from Rothesay - had sent postcards to Mr Reid calling for this service to stay at the Post Office, resulting in the MP asking questions of the Prime Minister in the House of Commons.
Speaking after Thursday’s announcement, Mr Reid said: “I am delighted that the DVLA contract is staying with the Post Office.
“This means that motorists will continue to be able to tax their cars and apply for driving licences at a Post Office.
“Even better news is that more services will be available at the Post Office. For example, at present people have to go to the DVLA office in Glasgow to get a duplicate driving licence or license a heavy goods vehicle over the counter.
“These and other DVLA services will soon be available at the Post Office.”
The move has also been welcomed by the SNP’s Highlands and Islands MSP Mike Mackenzie, who said: “I am delighted at this announcement for the Post Office which follows a huge campaign organised by the National Federation of Sub Postmasters.
“And I am in total agreement with my colleague Mike Weir MP, the SNP spokesperson for postal services, that the award of the contract is good news in that it will stabilise an income stream for many sub post offices.
“The challenge, however, to both government and Post Office Limited, is to build on this by making good on the promise to make the Post Office the front office for government.”