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Motorists face £1,000 for out of date licences

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Motorists face £1,000 for out of date licences

Check your photocard driving licence......
Two dates on the front......4a  = Licence valid from date
                                              4b  = Licence valid to  date.....
It appears that the photocard licence is only valid for 10 years from date of issue, and MUST be renewed (presently £17.50) otherwise you face a £1,000 fine...
Check out the full story 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1054636/Unwitting-motorists-face-1-000-fines-thousands-photo...
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pierre_pierre
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Re: Motorists face £1,000 for out of date licences

the "facts"quoted are not quite correct.
A the DVLA notify you about one month before your licence runs out.
B if you are over 70 it only last 3 years
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Re: Motorists face £1,000 for out of date licences

As the DVLA notify you about one month before your licence runs out. - providing you have told them you have moved or the Post office don't lose the letter
B if you are over 70 it only last 3 years
As the DVLA site is totally unclear as to the costs do you happen to know the costs of renewing a paper licence at 70 as I believe you then have to get a photo license.
This is not idle curiosity as I only have 4 years to go.
On the one hand it states that renewing your licence at 70 is free but it also says that exchanging a paper license for a photo license is £17.50
pierre_pierre
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Re: Motorists face £1,000 for out of date licences

apart from getting the Photo, and getting a signature on photo, no charge, nor for renewal, they rely on your honesty to say you are fit.
They do delete vehicle over 3.5 Tonne and over 9 Seats, this includes Large Transits and small Lorries under 7.5 tonnes, to get these you have to have a simple Doctors Exam
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Re: Motorists face £1,000 for out of date licences

It looks as though the "paper part" of the licence is free to renew    but the photocard is (at present) £17.50
however   to quote Oldjim  
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B if you are over 70 it only last 3 years

Looks as if it will cost (present prices) £17.50   every three years after you are 70 yrs of age to renew your photocard licence ! Cry  Cry  Cry
Never mind though..... when you are 75 you get a free tv licence, saving about £130 a year  which will more than adequately pay for the next few years on the road ! ! ! Cheesy
VileReynard
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Re: Motorists face £1,000 for out of date licences

Unless you have the superior non-photocard variety of licence.  Smiley

pierre_pierre
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Re: Motorists face £1,000 for out of date licences

Not so the over 70 licence on photo card is free to renew
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Re: Motorists face £1,000 for out of date licences

Don't you have to take a re test when you get to 70?
pierre_pierre
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Re: Motorists face £1,000 for out of date licences

No
VileReynard
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Re: Motorists face £1,000 for out of date licences

My licence expires for certain categories of vehicle when I reach 70.
Unfortunately the vehicle codes used don't seem to relate to anything I can drive now.  Smiley

pierre_pierre
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Re: Motorists face £1,000 for out of date licences

pre 70 codes
A,B,BE,C1,C1E,D1,D1E,f,k,n,p
Post 70
A,B,BE,B1,f,k,l,n,p
A= Motorbike
B=Car
BE=Car + Trailer up to 3500kg
C1= between 3500-7500and upto 750kg trailer
CE=as above but Gross up to 12000kg or if passed test before 1/1/97 8250kg
D and D! and D1E  as above but passenger more than 8 plus driver.
see http://www.direct.gov.uk/motoringleaflets

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Re: Motorists face £1,000 for out of date licences

Quote from: pierre_pierre

to get these you have to have a simple Doctors Exam

The medical evidence for anything over what you quoted pierre is anything but simple (and I suppose quite right too, when you have the lives of many people in your hands) and can cost quite a lot, I've heard figures over £100. However, as long as you can pass the medical, there is no age restriction on HGV or PCV (bus/coach) licence renewal, where I drive for we have two bus/coach drivers over 73, and very good they are too. I'm due to renew my PCV in about 18 months.
Experience; is something you gain, just after you needed it most.

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VileReynard
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Re: Motorists face £1,000 for out of date licences

Presently, I can drive F,K,N,L,P and provisionally A,G,H
My licence also has pictures of bikes, cars and lorries labelled A,B,C,D,E
So I am baffled.
I would like to drive a F,K,N,L,P - but I don't know what it looks like.  Grin

pierre_pierre
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Re: Motorists face £1,000 for out of date licences

classes see below  these classes are UK only and not EU
PS I got my free one in August
Licence type renewal  Fees
From age 70
Free
For medical reasons
Free
Bus or lorry
Free
After disqualification
£65.00
If disqualified for some drink driving offences *
£90.00
After revocation
£50.00
Renewing the photo on your licence
£17.50
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Re: Motorists face £1,000 for out of date licences

Thanks for the update Pierre.....  Wink
Just hope that loads of people have checked their "expiry dates" before the plod catches up with them ! Roll eyes