The DVLA is urging drivers who are waiting to renew their licence to check a section of the law to see if they can still drive while they wait.
Section 88 of The Road Traffic Act 1988 outlines a set list of criteria that could allow drivers to remain on the road even if their licence has expired after sending off their renewal applications to the DVLA.
The DVLA, however, does remind drivers that they need to meet all eight criteria in the section if they wish to continue driving during the waiting period.
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Drivers who do not match all eight criteria and are caught driving could be banned from driving all together.
According to Section 88, the following eight criteria need to be met:
Your doctor must have said you are fit to drive. If your doctor is unsure about how a medical condition affects driving, they should refer to ‘Assessing fitness to drive – a guide for medical professionals’ here
You have held a valid driving licence and only drive vehicles you have applied for on your current application and were entitled to drive on your previous licence.
If you hold a Group 2 (bus or lorry) licence, then your entitlement has not been suspended, revoked or refused by a traffic commissioner.
You meet any conditions that were specified on your previous licence that still apply.
DVLA has received your correct and complete application within the last 12 months.
Your last licence was not revoked or refused for medical reasons.
You are not currently disqualified from driving by a court.
You were not disqualified as a high risk offender on or after 1 June 2013 (a high risk offender is a driver convicted of a serious drink driving offence).
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Drivers and their doctors would be in the best position to consider if they meet the criteria under Section 88 while the renewal application is being processed.
If all criteria is met, Section 88 cover could still become invalid if:
You receive your new driving licence, (as that will cover you to drive).
Your application is refused or licence revoked by DVLA. You will receive a letter from DVLA if this is the case.
Your application is more than a year old.
You have been disqualified from driving since your application was sent to the DVLA.
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