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Warning from DVLA to millions who passed the test before 2015

Millions of UK Drivers Risk £1,000 Fine for Driving with Expired Licences

Warning From DVLA To Millions Who Passed The Test Before 2015

New figures released by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) have revealed that millions of motorists who obtained their driving licences before 2015 are currently driving illegally, putting themselves at risk of hefty fines.

Warning From DVLA To Millions Who Passed The Test Before 2015

In the UK, it is illegal to operate a vehicle without a valid photocard licence, which contains personal details and must be renewed every ten years. However, data from the DVLA indicates that over 3.6 million drivers are currently in possession of expired photocard licences.

Warning From DVLA To Millions Who Passed The Test Before 2015

The age group most commonly flouting this rule is between 37 and 46, with more than 1.1 million individuals driving without a valid licence. Following closely are drivers aged between 47 and 56, accounting for almost 970,000 offenders.

Warning From DVLA To Millions Who Passed The Test Before 2015

A leading online mechanic marketplace emphasized the importance of holding a valid licence for road safety. He noted that while many drivers may be unaware of their expired documentation, the scale of the issue highlighted by the figures is concerning.

Warning From DVLA To Millions Who Passed The Test Before 2015

They stated, “These figures are an important reminder to ensure we keep our documentation up-to-date to avoid falling foul of the law and facing a £1,000 fine.

Warning From DVLA To Millions Who Passed The Test Before 2015

Upon passing the practical driving test, individuals receive a photocard licence and a paper counterpart, displaying essential information such as the driver’s photograph, name, address, and date of birth. The photocard is valid for ten years and must be renewed with an updated photograph to maintain accuracy.

Renewing the driving licence can be done online through the DVLA’s official website, which is the quickest and most cost-effective method, with applications costing £14 and usually processed within five days. Postal renewals cost £17, while renewing at a Post Office incurs a fee of £21.50.

A DVLA spokesperson emphasized the importance of informing the agency if drivers stop driving altogether and returning their licence, rather than keeping it as an outdated form of photo identification.

DVLA have urged drivers to take advantage of online renewal services, stating, “It’s quick and easy to renew photocards online, so there is no excuse for anyone to be taking to the road with an expired licence. We all have our part to play in ensuring our roads are safe for the benefit of all travellers.”

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