DVLA fine warning to 1 million drivers at risk of breaking simple licence rule

Motorists travelling on a Midlands road
Motorists travelling on a Midlands road -Credit:Reach

A large number of UK drivers could be on the brink of receiving a DVLA fine for neglecting a crucial rule. InsureDaily's analysis indicates at least three percent of motorists last year were prepared to hit the road with an expired driving licence.

Paul Daly, Director at InsureDaily, highlighted that many of these drivers knew they were flouting the law, stating: "When we contacted some of these drivers to advise them why we could not cover them, the majority of them were well aware that their licence had expired and that it was breaking the law."

He further explained the legal implications of such negligence: "It is a requirement when taking out a motor vehicle insurance policy that you are legally allowed to drive and have a valid driving licence. If you do not adhere to this requirement, you could be invalidating your insurance cover".

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Checks with the DVLA revealed that around three per cent of drivers attempted to secure insurance despite having an expired licence. In the UK, there's an obligation to renew a photocard licence every decade to ensure that police and other authorities have the most current image for identification purposes, as noted by Carwow.

Driving in the UK without a current licence can lead to severe penalties, including six points on the driver's record and fines up to £1,000, reports Birmingham Live. The DVLA, or DVA in Northern Ireland, will send a reminder to your last registered address as your renewal date approaches. The cost of renewing your licence is £14, as stated on the DVLA's website.

However, if you are over 70 or have a medical short-period licence, there is no fee for renewal.

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