The DVLA has announced (4/06/2020) that if your photocard driving licence has expired - or will expire between 1st February and 31st October 2020 - you should get a 7-month extension on your licence.
Usually, you would be expected to renew your photocard licence every 10 years, with bus and lorry drivers doing so every 5 years. Maintaining social distancing guidelines means that attending a suitable location, such as a photobooth, to take an approved picture for a licence renewal might not be possible for some drivers. As such, a new EU regulation has been introduced which provides an automatic 7-month extension for photocard licences expiring between 1 February and 31st October, starting from the date your license expires. You should be sent a reminder to renew before your 7-month extension ends.
DVLA Chief Executive Julie Lennard said: “This extension will make it easier for drivers who need to update their photo card licence with a new photograph. This means as long as they have a valid licence, drivers will be able to continue to make essential journeys.
The extension is automatic so drivers do not need to do anything and will be sent a reminder to renew their photocard before the extension ends.”
This change will be introduced from 4 June 2020.
This extension only covers the photocard and does not apply to renewal of entitlement to drive. If you’re over 70 and are due a renewal of entitlement to drive - which should be done every 3 years - you’ll still need to seek a renewal. Seeking renewal would also apply to anyone who needs to renew entitlement to drive on a regular basis, including holders of short-term medical licences.
You still need to inform the DVLA of any changes in person information, such as name and address.
This follows on from continuous efforts to maintain social distancing: as previously announced, a 6-month extension of car, van and motorcycle MOT’s was brought in to help keep the public safe. Your certificate will be eligible for extension if it was due to expire on or after the 30th March and your vehicle is a car, motorcycle, light van or other light vehicle, including vehicles due for their first MOT.
Your MOT expiry date will be automatically extended, around 7 days before the expiry date. Your insurance will still be valid, you can still tax your vehicle and your vehicle’s record will be updated to show your valid MOT. You’ll still need to make sure your vehicle is safe to drive for this to be valid. If your vehicle is unsafe you shouldn’t drive it.
Every time you drive you should check:
- the windscreen, windows and mirrors are clean
- all lights work
- the brakes work
Your vehicle’s handbook will tell you how often to check the:
- engine oil
- water level in the radiator or expansion tank
- brake fluid level
- windscreen and rear window washer bottles - top up with windscreen washer fluid if necessary
- tyres - they must have the correct tread depth and be free of cuts and defects
The handbook will also tell you when your vehicle needs to be serviced.
Tread must be a certain depth depending on the type of vehicle:
- cars, light vans and light trailers - 1.6 millimetres (mm)
- motorcycles, large vehicles and passenger-carrying vehicles - 1mm
Mopeds only need to have visible tread.
There must be tread across the middle three-quarters and around the entire tyre
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