UK drivers issued driving licence warning that could lead to £1,000 fines during summer travels

Having an up-to-date driving licence is vital for motorists
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During the bustling British summer season, many UK holidaymakers and locals will be hitting the road - whether it's for domestic enjoyment or overseas adventure. However, drivers should beware - neglecting to keep their driving licences current could put them on the wrong side of the law, resulting in a hefty fine.

Richard Evans, the technical services head at webuyanycar, issued a warning, saying: "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."

Further data revealed not only the stakes but also the prevalence of licensing offences among drivers. Mr Evans added: "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."

Concluding, Mr Evans provides crucial guidance 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."