I haven’t really kept up my blog lately due to us being busy in the showroom working on some new things.
We have been kept really busy here with new regulatory changes and some new marketing ideas we have been working on.
On a more personal note, it has also been a busy month as it was our fearless leader Ged’s ( or Dad as I call him) 60th birthday and we arranged a surprise party for all our friends and family which he loved.
But now I have a bit more time again I thought it was time to get back to it. This week I wanted to highlight the new changes in regard to your driving licence, a lot of people may not know but as of the 8th of June 2015, the paper part of your driving license will become invalid and should be destroyed.
But don’t panic your card part and old-style ( paper only) license will still be valid and are now all you need.
How will anyone be able to check your points?
Well, there is a new online and tel. service set up to check driver information for hire cars, car finance etc. you will be able to view and share your own driver info via this link https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence
How will this affect me driving abroad?
Currently, the green section of the paper is required mainly for hiring cars but it will no longer be valid from June 8th. Instead, anyone wanting to hire a car while travelling abroad will need a special code to show endorsable convictions like speeding.
To get a code, drivers will need to log on to the DVLA website but be warned, the code you’re given will only be valid for 72 hours. If you want to hire a car more than three days into a trip, you’ll need to generate a new code while abroad. If you don’t have access to the internet, the DVLA will make a phone number available.
Will I still have to renew my licence?
Yes, you will have to renew your card part every 10 years which is the same as you do now. Please bear in mind there is a £1000 fine if this is not done and also this drops to every 3 years when you are over 70 years old.
I hope this helps explain a bit better what changes if any you will have to make.