Not having your driving license could cost you £1,000 – or disqualification – drivers have been warned.
It can be common to forget if you left your purse or wallet at home.
If you are stopped and fail to identify yourself with ID – such as a driving license – it could result in a £1,000 fine and even a driving ban.
Likewise, if you receive a letter because you were caught breaking the law while driving, such as speeding or running a red light, and you do not respond with the driver’s contact information, the vehicle owner may also face the same penalties. .
Joel Kempson, car insurance expert at Uswitch, said: “When you think of penalty points and reckless or dangerous driving, you might think of causing accidents, speeding and uninsured driving, but that’s not is not always as clear as that.
“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.”
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The police can stop a vehicle for any reason.
If they ask you to stop, you should always stop when it is safe to do so. You are breaking the law if you don’t stop.
If you are arrested, the police may ask to see your:
- driver’s license
- insurance certificate
- CT certificate
If you do not have these documents with you, you have seven days to bring them to a police station. You are breaking the law if you do not show the requested documents within seven days.
Uswitch also reminded drivers that the year you passed your test could affect which vehicles you can drive.
The different classifications are indicated on the back of your driving licence.
If you passed your exam before 1 January 1997, you 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. You can drive vehicles up to 3,500 kg MAM and up to eight passenger seats. You are also authorized to tow a trailer weighing up to 750 kg.
However, you are allowed to tow heavier trailers, as long as the total MMA of the vehicle and the trailer does not exceed 3,500 kg. To drive anything else, you will need to take and pass additional tests.