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Not Informing DVLA Of A Name Change Could Land You With A £1,000 Fine

Isobel Pankhurst

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Not Informing DVLA Of A Name Change Could Land You With A £1,000 Fine

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You're at risk of being fined £1,000 if you don't make the DVLA aware of this one life change.

With a roll-out of new driving rules, plenty of drivers are are at risk of receiving fines for things they previously wouldn't have bat an eyelid at.

One rule that may catch drivers out is that you are required to update your licence should your name change. Many people change their name throughout their lives, particularly after getting married.

If you forget to do this, you may be find yourself receiving a hefty fine of £1,000.

There a number of life changes you should make the DVLA aware of (Credit: Alamy)
There a number of life changes you should make the DVLA aware of (Credit: Alamy)

Motorists are also required to inform the DVLA of any changes, such as their title and address.

This also applies to temporary changes, such as students moving into university accommodation. You can find more information here.

There have been a number of recent changes to laws surrounding cars that drivers should be aware of if they hope to avoid fines.

One of these changes is in the laws regarding using a hand-held device while driving as announced by the Department for Transport.

Previously, it had been illegal to make a phone call using a hand-held device while driving, and now this law has been extended to using these devices to take photos or videos, scroll through playlists or play games.

Lots of new driving rules have been catching drivers out (Credit: Alamy)
Lots of new driving rules have been catching drivers out (Credit: Alamy)

If you are found breaking this rule you risk a fine of up to £200 and could get up to six points on your licence.

There are currently no penalties for failure to notify DVLA that your have sold your car to someone new - however it does leave the possibility for you to be held responsible for any driving laws the new owner breaks.

Failure to declare any medical conditions can also lead to a fine because it endangers both you and other drivers at the wheel.

Check the new rules to make sure you don't get caught out (Credit: Alamy)
Check the new rules to make sure you don't get caught out (Credit: Alamy)

You could be fined up to £1,000 if you don't declare any medical conditions that impair your driving, and if you’re involved in an accident as a result of your condition then you could be prosecuted.

Driving licenses should be updated every 10 years, and if you're caught with an out-of-date license you'll risk a hefty fine, or even prosecution.

Topics: News, Life

Isobel Pankhurst
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