£1,000 fine sees students learn the hard way

£1,000 fine sees students learn the hard way
Almost half a million students in the UK could be running the risk of a hefty fine by failing to update their driving licence and vehicle documents.

Drivers moving into new student digs this semester face fines of up to £1,000 for not supplying authorities with their new address details.

Failure to do so can also unwittingly invalidate students’ car insurance policies, leaving them unable to make a claim in the event of an accident.

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According to GoCompare, an estimated 426,000 UK students will be taking a car to university this term.

To make sure they avoid a fine, student drivers should register any address changes with the DVLA to ensure their driving licence, vehicle log book (V5C) and tax details remain up-to-date.

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As well as permanent moves, this includes all temporary address changes such as moving into university halls – and the same principle applies for car insurance, too.

Switching postcodes can have significant implications on your premium, and level of cover you receive, so it’s essential that students inform their providers of any changes of address.

Neil Greig, Policy and Research director at IAM RoadSmart, warns students not to forget to update their details during the busy start of the academic year.

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He said: "If you move, even on a temporary basis, you must inform DVLA so they can put the new address on your full or provisional licence.

"It's free but ignoring it could land you with a fine of up to £1,000 if you get stopped by the police and your documents are checked on the system.

"You should also update your car registration documents and most importantly tell your car insurance company as well. Postcodes are a key factor in setting premiums so an adjustment might have to be made if you are moving from the leafy suburbs to an inner-city area.”

Copyright Press Association 2018. Motoring News articles do not reflect the RAC's views unless clearly stated.

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