Do You Carry Your Licence When Driving?

Mon 30th Aug 2021

It sounds like an obvious thing to do, but how many drivers actually carry their driving licence with them when driving their car? But did you know failure to identify yourself could lead to a £1,000 fine or worse disqualification.

Insurance price comparison website Uswitch has listed a list of perhaps the more obvious driving laws, that many of us might forget and could land us in trouble - even if we can’t remember every single law of the road.

The five key reminders include failure to identify yourself, driving a vehicle you are not licensed to, driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition, driving carelessly and driving dangerously.

Driving dangerously carries the heaviest penalty, with up to two years in prison on offer and according to the Road Traffic Act 1988 includes driving too fast, ignoring traffic lights or road signs and distracted driving.

Along with not carrying a licence, drivers can also fall foul of driving a vehicle you are not licensed to, which we may have all been guilty of without even realising it, with a range of different vehicle classifications and it is always worth checking out what you are qualified to drive from the information on the back of your licence. The rules differ on whether you passed your test before or after January 1997.

Faulty lights on a car is a worry for many drivers, particularly as many of the newer LED lights are much more expensive than simply replacing a bulb. But don’t delay, it could fall under the offence of having a vehicle in a dangerous condition, which could lead to an expensive £2,500 fine or even three points on your licence.

Joel Kempson, Car Insurance Expert at Uswitch, comments: “When you think of penalty points and careless or dangerous driving, you might think of causing accidents, excessive speeding, and driving uninsured, but it isn’t always as clear as that.

Drivers can face points, and even harsher penalties, for anything that can be deemed to be taking your attention away from the road, plus failing to identify yourself when asked.”