DVLA outbreak of coronavirus hits over 300 workers – how it could impact driving licences

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A coronavirus outbreak has been detected at Swansea’s DVLA Centre. According to Public Health Wales around 352 cases of the virus have been detected among its workers.

In its call centre alone, 62 cases have reportedly been detected since December 1.

A testing facilities has been set up at the Sandringham Park site, and staff are being urged to receive a test.

It has been described by health officials as an “inevitable” outcome of the spread in work places.

“We would like to encourage all staff at the contact centre to take up the offer of testing available on the site until Wednesday, 23 December,” said Siôn Lingard from Public Health Wales.

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“Finding cases early is key to reducing transmission and risks to those around you.

“But workers in any workplace may be at risk from infection in social or household settings.”

Express.co.uk has contacted DVLA to find out whether this will have any impact on the rental process for driving licences.

So far, there has been no official statement given.


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However, in recent months the DVLA has issued coronavirus updates for those who need new driving licences.

“Our online services have not been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are running as normal,” states the DVLA website.

“Our online services are the quickest, easiest and often cheapest way to deal with us. We have been busy adding new online services since March 2020 to make it even easier for customers.

“You can complete most transactions online which means you don’t need to post an application or speak to our contact centre.

“If you apply online, you should receive your driving licence or vehicle documents within 10 days (it can take between six to eight weeks if you post your applications to us).”

In the last year, the DVLA added an extension on the expiry date of driving licence photo cards expiring between February 1 and December 31 2020.

Drivers who are due to renew their licences ahead of this date have an 11-month extension from the date of expiry.

“This means that you will not need to renew your photocard or entitlement to drive until 11 months after your original expiry date,” continues the DVLA.

“You do not need to do anything as this extension is automatic.

“If your licence or entitlement to drive in the UK has been automatically extended, then you must renew your licence before you can drive abroad.”

Drivers who have applied for a new licence but find themselves still waiting are able to continue to drive.

The DVLA states: “If you’ve already applied to renew your photocard or entitlement you can continue to drive while we are processing your application providing you have not been told by your doctor or optician that you should not drive.”

Drivers with a medical condition must continue to seek confirmation from NHS doctors, consultants or opticians before their licence can be approved.

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