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Three million motorists risk a £1,000 fine with out of date licences

Three million motorists are risking a £1,000 fine as it emerges one in 10 driving licences is out of date

  • Drivers fail to realise photocard licences automatically expire after ten years
  • A poll of 2,000 motorists by the Post Office found 44 per cent were unaware
  • There are currently more than 33 million drivers licenced on the roads in the UK

Almost three million motorists could be risking a £1,000 fine because they are unwittingly driving with an out-of-date licence.

Drivers are failing to realise their photocard licence automatically expires after ten years and needs to be renewed and kept updated to stay valid.

A poll of 2,000 motorists by the Post Office found 44 per cent are unaware of the requirement, with 51 per cent saying they have no idea when their licence expires. 

Almost three million motorists could be risking a £1,000 fine because they are unwittingly driving with an out-of-date licence (stock image)

Upon checking, one in ten (nine per cent) found theirs was invalid. 

More than 33 million drivers are licenced in the UK, suggesting almost three million could face the fine.

Martin Edwards, of the Post Office, which can renew licences, said this has implications for driving legally but also ‘the majority of people using their driving licence as their primary source of ID’. 

There are currently more than 33 million drivers licenced on the roads in the UK

There are currently more than 33 million drivers licenced on the roads in the UK

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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