Responding to the news that the Home Office has published factsheet for personal licence renewals, the ALMR has welcomed the much-needed clarification, but expressed its disappointment that a suitable solution was not found earlier.
Today the Home Office has announced it will issue factsheets for licensing authorities and personal licence holders advising on the renewal process for early next year.
ALMR Chief Executive, Kate Nicholls said: “We are pleased to see the Government has finally moved to address the uncertainty that licence holders have been facing but it is regrettable that this was not resolved much earlier.
“We have been vocal in our calls for the personal licence to be retained and the sector has united in calling for the disregarding of renewal dates. We continue to believe that commitment from the Government confirming that renewal was not necessary until the Bill had passed would have been the simplest solution.
“What we need to see now is further clarification from the Home Office, particularly reassurance that licence holders will not be subjected to further bureaucracy. We are also concerned about the need to submit the original licence when renewing. Licence holders may face additional problems if they are forced to be without theirs for an extended period of time, particularly if they face a sudden, unexpected inspection.”