UK drivers face £1,000 fines for not updating licences in DVLA warning

Having an up-to-date driving licence is vital for motorists
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During the vibrant UK summer season, many locals and holidaymakers love to take to the roads for both local fun and foreign adventures.

But there's a warning for drivers - if you fail to keep your driving licence updated, you might find yourself falling foul of the law and facing a serious fine. Richard Evans, Head of Technical Services at webuyanycar, sounded the alarm: "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."

Recent statistics not only illustrate the high stake but also reveal how common licencing offences are among drivers, says Nottinghamshire Live. Mr Evans continued: "Our research found that just under half (45 per cent) of drivers have received a penalty charge notice for driving offences. 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."

Mr Evans rounds off with some vital counsel for motorists, stating: "To avoid being stung by unnecessary fines or charges, drivers should take extra precautions, keeping their licence up to date. Our guide on renewing your licence has everything you need to know about where and how to update your documents.", reports the Mirror.