Seven changes drivers must declare to DVLA or face fine and points on licence

Drivers are being reminded of DVLA rules

Drivers are being warned they must declare seven changes to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) or risk fines and points on their licence.

Motorists could even face prosecution if they fail to disclose relevant changes and are subsequently involved in an accident. Experts at EasyQuote have outlined the consequences of drivers failing to declare certain details as the registered vehicle keeper.

The DVLA must be informed of any significant updates, such as common medical conditions and changes in address or name. The penalties for non-compliance are severe, potentially costing drivers up to £1,000 and adding six points to their licence.

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Furthermore, not updating your insurance provider with all necessary information could render your policy invalid, reports Chronicle Live.

Disclose driver details or face penalties

Any person 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. The consequence for this failure includes receiving six points on the licence and a potential fine of up to £1,000.

Notification of eyesight changes

Drivers are required to notify the DVLA of any deterioration in their eyesight or if they suffer from visual impairments such as cataracts or glaucoma. According to DVLA regulations, drivers must be capable of reading a number plate from 20 metres, assistance from glasses or contact lenses is permissible, but these must be worn at all times while driving.

Regrettably, failing to meet the minimum eyesight requirements could result in a fine of up to £1,000 and three penalty points on your licence if you are found driving. Furthermore, drivers with inadequate vision may have their licences immediately revoked by the police if deemed a hazard on the road.

Disclosure of medical conditions is essential

Failing to report a medical condition could lead to a fine of up to £1,000 and drivers involved in accidents risk prosecution. The DVLA maintains a comprehensive list of more than 110 conditions that could impair driving abilities, which some motorists may not be fully aware of.

Common conditions requiring disclosure include diabetes, vertigo and sleep apnoea, among others listed on the DVLA website. In severe cases, the DVLA mandates that drivers must surrender their licence if they do not meet the necessary driving standards.

Reporting name or gender changes

Drivers who do not notify the DVLA of a legal change in name or gender could face a £1,000 fine. It's particularly important for newlyweds to be aware that neglecting to inform the DVLA constitutes a legal violation, even though the process itself is free. To ensure compliance, drivers should return their old licence along with any relevant supporting documents, so that both their driving licence and vehicle registration are updated accurately.

Declaring a vehicle off-road with SORN

All vehicles must be insured and taxed unless the owner applies for a Statutory Off-Road Notice (SORN) when a car is not in use. Vehicle keepers planning to put their car off the road for an extended period must declare it as SORN to avoid unnecessary taxation.

Once declared SORN, the vehicle must not be used and should be stored on private property, such as a driveway or garage; keeping it on a public road is illegal. If a SORN vehicle is driven for any reason other than travelling to a pre-arranged MOT or testing appointment, the owner risks prosecution and a fine of up to £2,500.

Vehicle modifications

Drivers are required to register significant modifications to their vehicle with the DVLA, updating their V5C registration and providing necessary evidence. Modifications that must be reported include changes to the chassis or body shell, alterations to the exhaust system or number plate, or if the vehicle has been wrapped in a different colour.

The DVLA may request an inspection of the vehicle to verify its roadworthiness following these changes. If it is necessary to conduct tests and the vehicle fails, it may be prohibited from being used on the roads until corrective actions are taken. Additionally, owners may face fines or even a court summons if the modifications do not meet regulatory standards.

Updating address changes

It is essential for drivers to inform the DVLA of any address changes, temporary or permanent, to ensure that all correspondence reaches the vehicle owner. Both the vehicle logbook and driving licence need to be current, and address updates can be conveniently made online. Failing to notify the DVLA of an address change can result in a fine of up to £1,000 for the vehicle owner.