Drivers are being cautioned about the possibility of a £1,000 charge if they make a mistake on their driver’s license — and how to avoid it.
MOTORISTS are being advised not to drive without their driver’s license, as doing so might result in a £1,000 fine or perhaps disqualification.
It’s normal to forget valuable stuff at home before leaving, with wallets and keys being among the most frequently forgotten items. If drivers are stopped over and are unable to identify themselves with a form of identification, such as a driver’s license, they could face a fine of up to £1,000 and even be disqualified from driving.
Furthermore, if drivers receive a letter after breaching the law behind the wheel and do not respond with the driver’s information, the vehicle’s owner may suffer the same consequences.
Driving a vehicle without a license that is acceptable for a vehicle of that type is illegal under the Road Traffic Act of 1998.
Driving a vehicle on a provisional license is also prohibited unless the driver is accompanied by a full license holder aged 21 or older who has held their license for at least three years.
After passing their practical test, drivers are only permitted to operate particular types of vehicles that are covered by the license.
Road users will be required to complete additional driving tests in order to operate other vehicles such as passenger carrying vehicles, buses, big freight trucks, or motorcycles.
If motorists are caught driving such a vehicle with merely a regular driver’s license, they may be charged with driving without a license.
Uswitch’s Car Insurance Expert, Joe Kempson, cautioned drivers about the consequences of missing their documents.
“You might think of creating accidents, excessive speeding, and driving uninsured when you think of penalty points and reckless or risky driving, but it isn’t always as simple as that,” he said.
“Anything that can be seen to be pulling your focus away from the road, as well as failing to identify yourself when asked, can result in points and even heavier penalties.”
A car can be stopped by the police for any cause.
Drivers should always pull over when ordered to stop if it is safe to do so, as neglecting to do so is a violation of the law.
When a vehicle is stopped, the police may request a driver’s license, an insurance certificate, or a copy of the “Brinkwire Summary News.”