More than 90 West Midland jobs are under threat as the Government wields the axe to a vast network of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency offices throughout the UK.
A total of 1,200 jobs are at risk in total under Government proposals to close 39 regional offices of the DVLA, including those in Birmingham, Shrewsbury and Worcester.
The 39 offices are expected to shut by the end of 2013, Roads Minister Mike Penning said. The Birmingham office employs 48 people, with 25 at Worcester and 18 in Shrewsbury.
He added that the proposal, which will now be consulted on, “will make dealing with the DVLA easier and quicker for motorists and businesses.”
Ten of the 39 centres encompass DVLA regional enforcement centres, including Birmingham.
Under the Government proposals, the work done at the centres will be centralised at the DVLA’s headquarters in Swansea in South Wales. The plans could deliver savings of around £28 million a year.
Mr Penning said: “This is a major step change which will make dealing with the DVLA easier and quicker for motorists and businesses up and down the country.
“Centralising the DVLA’s services is the first crucial step towards making more of its transactions available online, allowing people to deal with the DVLA at their chosen time and place. This will mean quicker turnarounds and meet our customers’ growing needs.”
DVLA chief executive Simon Tse said: “The DVLA has been serving motorists for over 40 years in one form or another. But times change and customers’ needs change.
“That is why it’s essential that we move with the times and make the best use of our services and experience to make sure we give the motor industry and the general public a service that is fit for the 21st century.”
The Public and Commercial Services Union has previously pledged to fight any DVLA office closures.
Last November, the PCS claimed it had learned of a plan to close 39 DVLA offices from a leaked Government document.
It accused the Government of sacrificing “highly efficient” staff.