Strap yourselves in wannabe petrol heads. With the help of money saving expert, Martin Lewis, Book Theory Test Today is hitting the road with 50 top tips that will cut your motoring costs. Tune in each & every week for a new tip and remember to share with friends and family.
This week weâ€™re looking at driving licences. Did you know? An out-of-date licence or incorrect information on your photocard could land you with a Â£1,000 fine.
Book Theory Test Today Tip #2 â€“ Keep Your Licence Updated
Get pulled over by the police and present them with a licence that has your old address on, you could end up with a fine. If youâ€™re in the process of, or have already moved house, get your licence updated.
Book Theory Test Today says: â€œFailing to inform the DVSA of a change of address could cost you a whopping Â£1,000, but itâ€™s FREE to get your address updated.â€
For the Ladies
Ladies! Got married recently? Taken your partners name? Then you need to ensure your driving licence displays your marital name. Again, failure to inform the DVSA could result in a massive Â£1,000 fine and thatâ€™s a chunk out of the honeymoon budget.
The 10 Year Rule – Avoid Increasing the Cost of Motoring
New procedures regarding photocard licences mean that they must be renewed every 10 years. Why? Appearances can change considerably in a decade.
Victoria Ford of the DVSA puts it like this: â€œAppearances can change and it is important that photocard licences are updated every 10 years to ensure the police and other enforcement agencies have the best possible photograph to help them correctly identify whether a driving licence is being used fraudulently.â€
She adds: â€œThis helps prevent driving licence impersonation – stopping disqualified and perhaps dangerous drivers taking to our roads.â€
Book Theory Test Today says: â€œIf your licence is approaching the 10 year expiry date get it renewed, it costs just Â£20. The alternative is, you guessed it, a Â£1,000 fine.
According to the DVSA, over two million drivers have a photocard licence that has expired, donâ€™t add yourself to this figure.
Â Be Aware
Check your licence, because one in 10 motorists admits they have not checked to see if their licence has expired. The DVSA does issue a letter when your licence is coming up for renewal. Should you receive one, get it sorted. The cost of motoring is expensive enough, without landing yourself with a whopping fine to add insult to injury.
A simple check and renewal might cost you Â£20, but itâ€™s better than parting with a grand. Now, with photocards set to become mandatory this year as paper licences are phased out, itâ€™s even more important to remain vigilant with your licence.
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