October 22, 2010


We all have legal obligations as a driver. Not only for ourselves but the vehicles we drive.

You are legally culpable if you fail to meet certain criteria outlined by the DVLA. In order to drive, you must hold the appropriate licence for that vehicle. By holding a full driving licence this does not entitle you to drive any vehicle. Check the back of your driving licence to be sure.

You must also meet the minimum age requirement, which again may not mean 17 years of age.

You must be medically fit and have the correct level of eyesight, defined by the DVLA. You must declare this information when obtaining a provisional licence. However, you still have a duty to inform the DVLA of any changes once having obtained a full UK driving licence, whether it is a medical condition, wearing glasses or a change in your name or address.

You are also held liable for the vehicle you are driving. Making sure it is taxed, has a current MOT and is registered with the DVLA. You must also ensure you are insured to drive the vehicle and inform the DVLA of any changes to the vehicle or if you sell or scrap it.

Emily Smith of Britannia Driving School said: “One error or deviation could result in you losing your licence or having your vehicle ceased. Failing to notify the DVLA or your insurers of any changes could also invalidate your insurance policy would could cost you a lot of money if you were to have an accident.”

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