MP Simon Burns has praised a Government decision to allow the Post Office to continue providing motoring services.

The Conservative MP for Chelmsford spoke after the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin announced DVLA services including car taxing will still be obtainable from the Post Office after a new seven year contract worth up to £450million was agreed.

The current contract is due to run out in March and Mr Burns, who is the Minister of State for Transport, said 200 constituents had got in contact urging him to support the bid from the Post Office.

Mr Burns said: “I fully supported its campaign because I recognise the importance of giving sub-post offices as much work as possible, not only because it’s convenient for many constituents, but also to help them to continue in business as a service to the local community.

“I wrote to the then Secretary of State for Transport expressing my support for the Post Office bid and I’m delighted the Post Office has been successful in continuing this service for the DVLA up until at least 2020.”