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A simple driving license mistake could cost drivers £1,000 or be disqualified – warning

It can be common to forget valuables at home before leaving, with wallets and keys often left at home. If drivers are caught and unable to identify themselves with ID, such as a driving licence, it could result in £1,000 and even a driving ban.

Additionally, if drivers receive a letter because they were caught breaking the law while driving and do not respond with the driver’s contact information, the vehicle owner may also face the same penalties.

Under the Road Traffic Act 1998 it is an offense to drive a vehicle without a license appropriate to a vehicle of that particular class.

Similarly, it is not permitted to drive a vehicle with a provisional license unless the driver is accompanied in the car by a full license holder aged 21 or over who has held their license for at least three years .

If drivers have passed their road test, they will only be allowed to drive certain types of vehicles covered by the licence.

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To drive other vehicles, such as passenger vehicles, buses, heavy goods vehicles or motorcycles, road users will be required to pass additional driving tests in order to obtain the correct licence.

If it turns out that motorists are driving such a vehicle and only hold a normal driving license for a car, they could be subject to a penalty for driving without a license.

Joe Kempson, car insurance expert at Uswitch, warned drivers of penalties for forgetting their documents.

He said: ‘When you think of penalty points and reckless or dangerous driving you can think of causing accidents, speeding and driving without insurance, but it’s not always that clear cut.

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“Drivers can face points, and even stiffer penalties, for anything that can be seen as distracting your attention from the road, in addition to not identifying themselves when asked.”

The police can stop a vehicle for any reason.

If asked to stop, drivers should always stop when it is safe to do so, as failure to stop is a violation of the law.

During the arrest, the police can ask for a driving licence, an insurance certificate or a technical inspection certificate.

If these documents are not present, drivers have seven days to bring them to a police station.

It is also breaking the law if the requested documents are not presented within the time allowed.

Uswitch also reminds drivers that the year motorists passed their test affects which vehicles they can drive.

If they passed their test before 1 January 1997, drivers are authorized to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250 kg MAM (maximum authorized mass) and a minibus with trailer over 750 kg.

However, for insured young drivers who passed their test on or after January 1, 1997, the rules are slightly different.

They can drive vehicles up to 3,500 kg MAM and up to eight passenger seats, and are also authorized to tow a trailer weighing up to 750 kg.

Drivers are also allowed to tow heavier trailers, as long as the total MAM of the vehicle and trailer does not exceed 3,500 kg.

To drive anything else, drivers will need to take and pass additional tests.