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The reason your driving licence could cost you £1,000

The reason your driving licence could cost you £1,000
May 13, 2017 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 12/05/2017.

The reason your driving licence could cost you £1,000

Out-of-date details on driving licences could end up costing motorists thousands of pounds.According to the Mirror, an estimated 7 per cent of motorists have failed to update their registered details and are unwittingly breaking the law.

This includes many who have moved house or married since they originally applied for a licence.

Drivers can be hit with a fine of up to £1,000 if stopped by traffic officers and found to have a licence without the correct details, and others may be caught out while hiring a car.

According to insurance company Direct Line, the number of people without up-to-date driving licences is so high that it could lead to £1 billion of fines being dished out if everyone was caught.

Steve Gooding, from the RAC Foundation, said: “Running a car is already eye-wateringly expensive, so we can all do without unwelcome bills resulting from overlooked form filling.

“Anyone in the thick of moving house might expect to be forgiven for forgetting to tell the authorities about their change of address. Unfortunately, that forgetfulness could be costly.

“It’s important to keep records up to date, but does the punishment fit the ‘crime’ when the fine for using a handheld mobile at the wheel and potentially endangering lives is five times less?”

You can find out how to update your licence here.