Motorists are being urged by Co-op Insurance not to delay the renewal of their driving license after figures from the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) show that 2.5 million motorists will see their licence expire before August 31 2022 – making up 6% of the total 40,666,276 licences in operation today.
Data shows that over 450,000 driving licenses have expired during the past year, so drivers could be at risk of being unauthorised to drive on UK roads.
Co-op Insurance is now encouraging motorists to check the expiration date on the license and act fast if necessary.
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Driving Without a Licence is a legal offence. It can result in 3-6 penalty points and a fine of up to £1,000.
As well as this, an invalid driving licence could lead to an insurance claim being rejected.
Photocard driving licences must be renewed every ten years and a recent photo must be used.
Paul Evans, head of Co-op Motor Insurance, says: “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. 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.”
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