Posted on 23/01/2013
A leading motor law specialist has warned that millions of drivers could be facing £1,000 fines without even realising they are breaching their licence conditions.
According to Natali Farrell from Just Motor Law, up to two million drivers could be hit by the fines for unwittingly breaking the law, with offences ranging from failing to update their photo-card driving licences or not changing the named address when they move house, to forgetting to alter the name on their licence after marriage.
Now Natali is urging drivers to check that they have fulfilled their legal motoring obligations before the law catches up with them.
“Most drivers believe that as long as they have insurance and a valid driving licence, then they are operating within the law,” she says.
“However, keeping your driving licence administration up-to-date is an important part of a driver’s legal requirements, and failure to do so can prove costly in more ways than one.
“Updating your photograph, for example, not only means you’re less likely to be in trouble with the law, it also prevents driving licence impersonation.”
But research from LV Car Insurance revealed that nearly a fifth of drivers they interviewed were unaware of their car licence’s expiry date.
One in ten admitted they had not renewed their licence in more than 10 years.
Natali said: “It may seem like an onerous task, but these things are simple to do. Renewing your photo, for example, can be done online if you have a valid UK passport which has been issued in the past five years. Most of the changes are either free or cost very little to make. However, ignoring them could end up costing you dear.”