Drivers urged to check driving licences immediately or risk huge £1k fines

People are being urged to check their driving licence before getting behind the wheel, as a small detail can land them with a huge fine.

It seems a pretty easy thing to do, but checking the expiration date on your driving licence is key to ensuring you don't have to cough up a £1,000 fine.

Over one in five UK drivers recently admitted they're unaware if their licence is out of date.

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To make matters a little more risky as many as one in 10 drivers didn't even realise their photo cards had an expiry date.

Julie Daniels from Comparethemarket, who undertook the research, encouraged motorists to note down the date to ensure they stay out of bother.

She said: "It’s concerning our survey revealed more than one in 10 British motorists are unaware their driving licences expire.

"Continuing to drive with an expired driving licence – knowingly or unknowingly – could land you with a £1,000 fine.

"To avoid serious consequences and avoid having a fraudulent driving licence, it’s vital to renew your licence as soon as it expires.

"Driving licences expire every 10 years, so you should memorise the expiry date on your licence and make a note of it somewhere you won’t forget, like your phone calendar.

"The DVLA will also send you a reminder when your licence is due to expire, so make sure to keep your contact details up to date."

According to the LiverpoolEcho, nearly one in three drivers confessed they've got behind the wheel while carrying an expired licence over the last two to five years.

One in five also admitted they're driving right now even though their licence expired.

It may seem a simple thing to check, but it's wise to look at the date to ensure you're safe.

The last thing anyone needs at the moment is a hefty fine.


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