Two million drivers informed they've broken DVLA rule after Martin Lewis warning

Two million drivers could face a fine after breaking a DVLA rule following a Martin Lewis warning. The BBC Sounds podcast host has highlighted the need to renew licences, with two million motorists up and down the country driving with expired permits.

Experts at webuyanycar warned motorists had to take “extra precaution” to keep their licence up to date or risk paying the price. It explained: “To drive anywhere legally, you must hold a valid driving licence which has the most up-to-date details, so with more people travelling over summer and in unfamiliar areas, it’s especially important to ensure your licence is in date.

“Generally, you’re required to renew your licence every 10 years, and this changes to three years if you’re over 70. So, if you know your licence is about to expire, or your personal details have changed, it’s crucial to update your licence. Our research found that just under half (45 percent) of drivers have received a penalty charge notice for driving offences.

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“If drivers don’t have a valid licence, the DVLA warns you could be fined £1,000 and even risk having your vehicle seized. This will be a much heavier price to pay than the cost of updating your licence which starts from £14. To avoid being stung by unnecessary fines or charges, drivers should take extra precaution keeping their licence up to date.”

Mr Lewis previously warned in the Money Saving Expert newsletter: “Has your photo driving licence expired? 2m have. They usually expire after 10 years - so check its SECTION 4B to see.” Photocard licences replaced paper licences in 1998, and must be renewed every 10 years.

The DVLA has confirmed that more than 3.6 million are currently out of date, though this figure will include licences held by those who have stopped driving.