Drivers to face new driving laws from July 2021 as freedoms set to return

Martin Lewis says 2.3 million UK driving licences are out of date

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Driving licence extensions which came into effect last year will end for many drivers later this month. Meanwhile, the Government’s coronavirus restrictions look set to come to an end within just three weeks which will open up drivers to more freedoms.

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The DVLA extended driving licences which were due to expire between February and December 2020.

Licenses were extended for 11 months meaning those which were due to end in August 2020 will now be due in July 2021.

Experts at Peter Barden have urged drivers to check their driving licence photocard to avoid the risk of a fine.

They said: “Failure to renew your licence could result in a fine of £1,000.

“Section 4b on your licence photocard will tell you when your licence was due to expire.

“But remember, the extension will not be printed on the card so you will need to add 11 months if your licence photocard was extended.”

Peter Barden warns drivers whose photocard licence expired after 31 December 2020 will still need to apply for renewal as usual.

Last September, the DVLA said a driving licence extension would be a “lifeline” for millions of drivers.

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DVLA Chief Executive Julie Lennard said: “Being able to drive is a lifeline for millions of people and this further extension will ensure that in these continued uncertain times, drivers don’t need to worry about the admin or the associated costs with renewing their licences.

“The temporary extension is automatic, and drivers do not need to do anything.”

End of lockdown

Although drivers are now allowed to travel for days out and domestic holidays, drivers are still limited on who they can have in their cars.

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