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Another problem for elderly drivers.

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Another problem for elderly drivers.

Interesting letter in todays paper from someone over the age of 70.
Stopped by the police and had his car taken away because he had no current driving licence despite having a test certificate and insurance.
Told to report to a police station within 7 days which he did only to be told the car would be held for 14 days at a cost of £20 a day.
Also informed he would be fined and points added to his licence.
On trying to get his car back he faced the problem of his insurance being revoked as he had no licence and it would take to long to transfer the owner of the car to someone else.
He now assumes his car has now been scrapped.
How accurate this letter is or if there is any other way he could have got his car back I have no way of knowing, true the DVLA send you a reminder letter but it's not unknown for things to get lost in the post
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Re: Another problem for elderly drivers.

1. the car should be released to the REGISTERED owner, not the driver necessarily.
2. it is YOUR responsibility to check your documents are in order, if your licence/insurance/mot has expired then YOU are responsible for renewing it. NO one else.
The new plastic licences are worse as they expire QUICKLY, I think my old paper one was good till I was 65, but the new one is only 15 years or so.
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Re: Another problem for elderly drivers.

Fully agree with that but sometimes circumstances my cause you to overlook the matter such as a spell in hospital or the loss of a partner.
The outcome seems drastic for such a lapse.
These points in no way take away from what you say in that it's your personal responsibility to ensure to licence is a current one.
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Re: Another problem for elderly drivers.

You have to renew your licence when you are 70 and then renew it again every 3 years.  DVLA have given me ample warning every time.
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Re: Another problem for elderly drivers.

Do they send you a single reminder or do you get a follow up reminder
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Re: Another problem for elderly drivers.

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but the new one is only 15 years or so.
Photocard one is every 10 years
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Re: Another problem for elderly drivers.

Well I did say "or so" ;-)
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but the new one is only 15 years or so.
Photocard one is every 10 years

Yeah but there is no retest or real expiry. I've even heard of people complaining to the DVLA about the £20 fee when renewing and not sending cheques etc.. and getting their new licence back in the post  Crazy
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Re: Another problem for elderly drivers.

I've hung on to my paper licence mainly because of the Watchdog feature a while back on licences coming back with incorrect categories and drivers being forced to resit tests.
I've scanned mine as a precaution but whetger that would hold water.
I did phone the DVLA a few years back to check what categories they had on file for me but they refused to tell me.
Let's be careful out there !
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Re: Another problem for elderly drivers.

You can check your driving license details at this site:  https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence
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Re: Another problem for elderly drivers.

I still have the old paper license mainly because I refuse to pay to get one to be used as an ID card, I take my passport for that.
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Re: Another problem for elderly drivers.

[Pedant mode on/*]
Arrgh Americanisation or Websterism of the English language!
Noun versus verb
A paper/plastic permit object is a licence.
The act of permitting is to license.
[*/Pedant mode off]
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Re: Another problem for elderly drivers.

I'm on my 4th three year licence ( 70, 73, 76 & 79) with current one expiring 29th June 2017
So far the initial application and renewals have been trouble free  Smiley
Renewal notices are sent out 3 months in advance - my current licence started 12th April 2014
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Re: Another problem for elderly drivers.

Sorry AlaricAdair typo error, honest!!!  Roll eyes