If you are one of the millions of people who hold a licence to drive a motor vehicle in the UK you are obliged to have an up to date driving licence document.
That’s means that you must renew your driving licence at least every ten years or at any time where there is a change in your personal circumstances such as your name, address or class of driving entitlement. If you fail to do so then you risk being fined by the DVLA or horror of horrors being Prosecuted at Court and in addition to being fined acquiring a Criminal conviction.
Yet another mundane administrative task to add you’re already overflowing `to do` lists, but nonetheless essential if you wish to retain your entitlement to drive on public roads legitimately.
How many of us take our entitlement to a driving licence as just that; an entitlement? You do the test (or more accurately tests , as they have become in modern times, with completion of the theory and hazard perception tests before the agony of the practical test even begins) you pass, job done.
Like most things in life it’s not that simple you have to make an effort to maintain it.
For most people who have an entitlement to drive it is an essential tool; day to day life would become an almost impossible feat without it. It is crucial therefore that we give our humble photo card licence the care and attention that it deserves
I have picked this somewhat vanilla topic to blog about because it was the source of much annoyance and consternation in my household recently that I thought, surely I can`t be the only person to share living space with a Massively Useless Paperwork Person Ever To exist (read MUPPET)?!
I am honoured and privileged to be a Criminal specialist in JNP legal. What follows is a real life extract from a genuine dialogue between my goodself and my good other;
JF to Mr JF; You have fan mail! (the name given to any paper document which is delivered to himself because it is, these days, so uncommon to receive items of paper mail that it can only be something un expected and exciting)
Mr JF; `ave I? Tidy, I`ll `ave a look now in a minute.
Approximately 30,240 minutes pass and still the` fan mail` is neglected (I lay blame with our television, it appears to only emit sport. On all 200 channels).
Fast forward another 30,240 minutes and I, my good self, receive a similar looking item courtesy of Her Majesty`s mail. Fan Mail I exclaim! I open it feverishly only to discover it a kindly reminder from DVLA that I must renew my driving licence or face the perils that be.
Without having any televisual distractions myself, I proceeded to be a responsible, law abiding citizen and Officer of the Court and popped onto the Govt website where the task was completed in a blink! Hurrah! Job done! Licence to drive preserved and protected.
I`ve given up on the Mr JF`s mal administration of his `fan mail`.
As I pass him in my car I think I`ll just “smile and wave, boys, smile and wave“