Drivers warned 'check' after DVLA rule 'prevents' them using certain vehicles

Older drivers have been told to "be aware" of DVLA driving licence rules which mean they could lose their freedom - and their ability to drive some cars. Motorists behind larger vehicles, like those with transporters, have been warned to "check their categories" by the Historic Classic Vehicle Association.

In a post on their website, the HCVA stated: "Please be aware that if you renew your driving licence after your 70th birthday, the DVLA are now removing your automatic existing right to drive a number of vehicle types.

"This may affect members with car transporters etc. You will need to follow the process outlined to ensure you retain your entitlements. If you have renewed your licence and drive a larger vehicle please check your categories!"

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In a separate post, the HCVA said: "The HCVA is playing a leading role with DVLA and Government Ministers in identifying and rectifying systemic issues within DVLA that adversely impact the Historic Vehicle community's ability to correctly register Historic vehicles.

"Our approach is to fix the system rather than address individual cases, but to help us focus our efforts we need to gather a picture of the distribution of the various issues affecting the sector. If you are now, or have recently, experienced issues with Historic vehicle registration which you consider to have been poorly or wrongly handled by DVLA, please help us by completing the form on this page.

"Identifying your issues and suggestions will allow us to collate and prioritise the various issues with the relevant official body." Back in 2021, the DVLA showed it was looking out for drivers over the age of 70 as it urged them to keep their money in their pockets over Christmas.

In a release back in November of that year, Julie Lennard, DVLA Chief Executive said: "Drivers looking to renew their licence at 70 and over should use our online service which is secure, free of charge, and also the quickest and easiest way to transact with DVLA. Customers usually receive their driving licence in just 5 days.

"Always remember to always use GOV.UK when using any of DVLA’s many online services."