DVLA £1,000 warning to anyone with driving licence over 'simple' mistake

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Motorists have been issued a warning over a simple mistake which could land them with a £1,000 fine and six points on their driving licence. Road users have been reminded that they could face prosecution if they fail to disclose to the DVLA relevant changes and are subsequently involved in a collision.

The DVLA in the UK requires notification of various important updates, such as common medical conditions and changes in address or name. If you are involved in a road incident and have not reported the changes then you could face prosecution.

Not updating your insurance provider with any important changes could also leave your policy invalid, leading to severe repercussions, motoring experts at EasyQuote have warned.

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The registered keeper of the vehicle bears the responsibility for any official communication with the police, DVLA or insurance provider. Any individual registered by the DVLA as the owner of a vehicle implicated in an offence will be charged with failing to disclose driver details if they do not identify the driver at the time of the offence.

Drivers must inform the DVLA if the have certain medical conditions. This includes people whose eyesight deteriorates or have visual impairments such as cataracts or glaucoma.

Motorists must be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away. This can be with the help of contact lenses or glasses which should always be worn when driving if required.

Drivers whose eyesight does not meet the minimum requirements could risk a fine of up to £1,000 and three penalty points on their licence if caught driving. Those with poor eyesight could also get their driving licence revoked from police if they think pose risk on the roads, The Sun reports.

The DVLA has an extensive list of over 110 conditions that can affect driving, so some motorists may be unaware of all these conditions or the extent to which they say can affect someone's ability to drive.

These include diabetes, vertigo and sleep apnoea. With diabetes, drivers only need to tell the DVLA if they are being treated with insulin and they are being treated for more than three months.

Gestational diabetes has to be declared as well as does disabling hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar). In extreme medical cases, the DVLA says drivers must give up their licence if they don’t meet the correct standards of driving.

Anyone who has changed their name must also contact DVLA. Drivers should send off their old licence and any supporting documents so that the driving licence and vehicle log is updated accordingly.