Drivers urged to renew driving licence as 2.5million motorists could be forced off roads

Drivers urged to renew driving licence as 2.5million motorists could be forced off roads

11/06/2021

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The data, from the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), shows that 2.5 million motorists will see their driving licence expire before August 31, 2022. This is over six percent of the total 40,666,276 licences currently in operation in the UK.

A further 450,000 driving licences expired during the past year, so there may be a lot of drivers who are not authorised to be on the road.

The Government agency has seen numerous delays hamper their operations this year, with social distancing restrictions and strike action affecting the processing of applications.

As of November 1, the DVLA are processing paper applications of driving licence renewals as of August 19, around 10 weeks ago.

The longest delays for paper applications are to renew a licence with a new photo, and over 70 renewals and applying to change a name or address, all delayed since August 19.

Paper applications for provisional driving licences are being processed as of September 13.

Many have voiced their frustrations at the delays, with many saying they need their licence for work or travel.

Paul Evans, head of Co-op Motor Insurance, urged drivers to take action with their driving licence.

He said: “We’re urging motor vehicle owners to check the expiration date on their driving licence and if it’s due to expire within the next month, to start the renewal process as soon as possible.

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“Driving licences can be renewed online, by post, or in person at most Post Offices.

“Due to last year’s national lockdown, motorists with driving licences which expired between February and December received an automatic 11-month extension to renew their licence.

“However, over 450,000 motorists whose driving licence expired between September 2020 and August 2021 need to be sure they’ve definitely renewed, as they run the risk of facing a serious fine.

“We’re urging all drivers to check their licence and renew quickly if they need to,” he told Hull Live.

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