I see MSE are pushing this again:
My personal view is and always has been, the £1000 ‘fine’ is complete and total scaremongering. I’d like to see a FOI request from DVLA to find out just how many drivers have ever been ‘fined’ for not keeping their licence up to date. My betting is, they can’t provide the information.
That all being said, personally, I’ve never understood the mentality of people who whinge whine and complain they were refused a car hire or were stopped by the Rozzers who subsequently discovered that their driving licence photo card had ‘expired’.
The bottom line is, DVLA sends out a reminder weeks before the licence ‘expires’. The fact is people often choose to ignore the letter or come up with the age old excuse of ‘I never received it Guv’, which if like me you’ve had your mail stolen in the past I can actually sympathise with to a point. Mostly though, lots of people just can’t be arsed to tell DVLA when they’ve moved address, in which case they deserve the consequences of their personal administrative failures.
My own photo card licence ‘expires’ this year and I’m well aware of it, I don’t need a reminder from DVLA to tell me that fact.
I guess some of us are just too perfect