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Goodwood Revival Live

14 September 2014 - 10:39 AM

Just like being there :)



Changes To Driving Licence

13 September 2014 - 07:20 PM

From January 2015 the paper part of the driving licence will officially disappear as the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) continues its aim to digitise motorists' records.

Last October, the Department for Transport launched a review into how to make the DVLA "deliver better services and save money for the taxpayer".

Stephen Hammond, roads minister, concluded in a report that one of the main reforms would be to "remove the driving licence paper counterpart."

But what does this mean for the 46 million motorists in Britain, particularly for those who only have the paper component of the licence?

The DVLA says you do not need to take any action. The paper licence will continue to be valid - at least until it needs to renewed.

"Those who have an old style paper driving licence issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998, this change won't affect you, and you should keep your licence.

"The next time you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only."

Those who have the photocard should continue using it, remembering to renew it when necessary ( gov.uk/renew-driving-licence ). Motorists could face a £1,000 fine if they are caught with an invalid licence.

The DVLA confirmed that there would be no charge for changing an old style paper licence to a photocard licence with a change of details.

However, once the motorist has the photocard licence, they will have to pay £20 each time it is renewed (every 10 years). Paper licences do not need to be renewed.

Anyone over the age of 70 will need to renew their licence every three years, updating it with any medical conditions. "If a driver updated their licence with a change of address, name or notified a medical conditions then the updated licence issued will be a photocard licence," the DVLA said.




My advice to anyone who gets points on their licence is to keep a separate record of the date of offence, date of conviction, points and fine.  

You will need these for insurance purposes but may not be able to access the information when needed.    

Eventually, insurers will be able to access the DVLA through your licence number in real time but this may not progress fast enough with all insurers so having the information in advance could help. 

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30 August 2014 - 04:02 PM

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Mustangs Coming Off Production Line

29 August 2014 - 11:55 AM

Veyron Crash Fraud

27 August 2014 - 01:41 PM

Remember that Veyron crashing into water?






Five years after faking a freak "pelican accident," an East Texas man has pleaded guilty to fraud for his role in a watery car crash that totaled his $1 million Bugatti Veyron. Andy Lee House faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

In 2009, House told the car website Jalopnik that "a low flying pelican" distracted him and caused the crash. But an admiring motorist debunked that theory with video evidence of the luxury car traveling smoothly down Interstate 45, nary a pelican in sight.

"That'll be mine one day," the man behind the camera says just moments before the rare sports car disappears into the Gulf Bay near La Marque, Texas.

House told first responders that he was reaching for his cell phone when he swerved and accidently entered the water. The YouTube video of the so-called crash led authorities to say 39-year-old House intentionally drove his car into the bay in order to collect on a hefty insurance policy.

Though the vehicle was worth about $1 million, House had a $2.2 million policy, alleging it was a collector's item. He had the car just one month before totaling it in the bay. He filed a claim on his insurance policy the day after the crash.

The FBI, the Texas Rangers and the police department in Lukfin (where House lives), all investigated the crash. Authorities say House left the motor of the Bugatti running for 15 minutes after entering the water, which destroyed the vehicle.