We hear so many stories about various organisations and bodies making administrative errors that we tend to gloss over them – but when we experience them first hand we sit up and take notice.
It was during an annual check of staff driving licences that it came to light that a work colleague had had their licence revoked by the DVLA – a fact that came as a total surprise to said colleague!.
Precisely how this had come about we don’t know – and for the purpose of this article it doesn’t really matter (administrative error in Swansea?). What does matter is that our colleague had been driving for 3 months without a ‘legal’ driving licence and, once the error had been discovered, had to stop driving for 3 weeks until the matter could be corrected and a new licence issued.
Now, I’m sure that if there had been any driving or insurance issues during this 3 months period then they would have eventually been sorted out(?) – but imagine the worry and heart-ache, after having an accident then discovering that your insurance was invalid or you were driving illegally?
But there are other serious implications too:
What if you went to hire a car – and couldn’t do so because you were ‘banned’.
Or a new employer checked your licence and caught you ‘lying’ about your ability to drive?
Or just an ‘on-the-spot’ check by traffic police – you wouldn’t be allowed to continue your journey.
These administrative errors are easy to make, a letter out of place here or a mistiped (sic) word there (there must be more than one John Smith with a UK Driving Licence), so it’s well worth taking 2 minutes to check for yourself.
And you can check online at the DVLA website, all you need is your Driving Licence Number, your NI Number, and your Postcode.
And whilst you’re at it, why not register with the NHS Organ Donation Register. There’s a link at the bottom of the page – it’s a wonderful thing to do and takes about 1 minute and can save many lives.
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