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“Leisure” Number Plate Sells for lb22.5k

May 13, 2015
Posted in Auctions,DVLA,Number Plates — Written by Nationla Numbers

The registration plate LE15 URE has sold above expectations at the DVLA auction in Chesterfield.

Bidders teased up the price of the number plate from a humble lb700 reserve before the hammer eventually came down at lb22,500.

In total the new owner would have paid lb29,240 in total – just shy of lb30,000.

The registration, which reads as the word “Leisure”, would have been ideal for companies in the leisure and tourism industry in particular.

In the end the plate was picked up by the owner of the family run Leisure Parks Ltd, which owns six luxurious holiday parks in North Yorkshire and Cumbria.


KR15 HAN and KR15 HNA Sold For Over lb250k

Posted in Auctions,DVLA,Number Plates — Written by Nationla Numbers

DVLA were chipper in Chesterfield after two cherished registrations were sold for over lb250,000.

Two number plates that appear as popular Asian names have fetched lb180,000 and lb76,000 from auction respectively.

KR15 HNA and KR15 HAN proved very popular on the second day of a three day DVLA auction taking place in Chesterfield.

“We knew the number plates would be very popular, but they have exceeded expectations” said Eric Craggs of the CNDA (Cherished Number Dealer Association).

“It is a reflection on the quality of both the registration marks and how unique they are.”

Many keen collectors mad been waiting for the release of these registrations since they were withdrawn from general sale in December last year, along with other 15-registration plates.

Nationla Numbers had received almost 80 enquiries about the KR15 HNA registration, and almost 30 for KR15 HAN, but disappointed customers were told the registration would be going up for auction.

KR15 HAN, which looks like than name “Krishan”, was to first to go up for bid, eventually reaching lb76,000 on the hammer – the buyer would pay lb98,576 in total.

Immediately following was KR15 HNA – “Krishna” is the name of a deity in Hinduism – which sold for an amazing lb180,000, or lb233,360 after fees.


A Win for Elderly Drivers

January 26, 2015
Posted in DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers

A 78-year-old woman who was told she was “unsafe” to drive has won back her licence.

Elderly driver, Georgina Frances Hitchen, had her licence revoked after a 2012 accident.

DVLA listed the reason for disqualification as a “age-related cognitive impairment”, but a High Court judge disagreed and overturned the decision.

Ms Justice Simler told the court that there was no medical evidence to back DVLA’s decision.

elderly drivers older dvla

“A relevant disability cannot be inferred from a driving performance alone,” said Ms Justice Simler.

“There had to be clear evidence that ‘a relevant physical or mental disability’ existed but in Ms Hitchen’s case there was none.

“In fact there was clear evidence that she did not suffer from cognitive impairment.

“This was a case where bad driving could have been caused by something else, such as poor driving habits, lack of skill, anxiety or nervousness.”

Elderly Drivers Fight for Rights

Appearing before magistrates, Ms Hitchen said that the DVLA’s decision was worrying to other elderly drivers.

The 78-year-old argued that elderly drivers were being victimised purely on their age alone.

Without evidence of medical issues elderly drivers could have their licences revoked, where in similar cases younger drivers would not.

A recent surge in older drivers in the UK has lead to the suggestion that driving tests would need to be taken.

A report from the Parliamentary Advisory Committee for Transport Safety – Pacts – said:

“It is vital that the course providers are seen as a non-threatening organisation.

“It is important that the tone of any such intervention is positive and supportive, avoiding undermining confidence or giving a negative image of growing older.”

Facts About Elderly Drivers

  • It is estimated that by 2030, 90% of men over 70 will still be driving.
  • Elderly Drivers over 80 are two and a half times as likely to be killed in a collision as drivers in their forties.
  • Teenage drivers are less safe than elderly drivers.
  • Very few elderly drivers are involved in drink driving incidents.


DVLA Error Leaves 20-Year-Old Jobless

January 9, 2015
Posted in Car news,DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers


A haulage driver has been left unable to find work after a DVLA mistake.

Lewis Fishwick was informed by DVLA that his licence was to be immediately revoked after a 5-month-old mistake was unearthed.


The 20-year-old from Greencroft, Penwortham had previously been banned from driving but successfully passed extended tests to get the licence back.

After setting up his own haulage company, which meant he had to take out finance on a lorry, Lewis was informed that he should not have received his licence again until his 21st birthday.

‘They said I shouldn’t have been allowed my licence back until I was 21 which is next April. It was instantly revoked again and so now I can’t legally drive,’ said Lewis Fishwick.

‘I’m not able to do my job, but I’ve still got payments to keep up.

‘I don’t think it’s fair that they can take my licence off me again five months after making a mistake when I’ve got myself sorted out with work and agreements.’

Lewis has taken legal advice, but has been told there is nothing he can do.

He had previously been banned from driving after an insecure load fell from his lorry.

A DVLA spokesman said: ‘We hold over 45 million driver records and issue over 10 million driving licences a year, and mistakes are very rare.

‘In this case an administrative error occurred and we have apologised to Mr Fishwick for any inconvenience caused.’

Drivers of Large Good Vehicles (LGVs) that have been disqualified can only apply to have the vocational entitlement reinstated on their 21st birthday.


Welsh Drivers Oppose New Driving Licence Design

January 6, 2015
Posted in DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers

Government plans to include the Union flag on driving licences had met with fiery opposition from Welsh motorists.

‘This is just a further attempt by Westminster to create a British identity by social engineering,’ said Plaid Cymru councillor, Arfon Jones.

‘They are still scared after the close shave of the Scottish referendum. We should resist.’

New driving licences in England, Scotland and Wales will display the Union flag.

Transport Minister Claire Perry said: ‘People in this country rightly take pride in our national flag which is why I am delighted it will now be displayed on British driving licences.

‘Celebrating Britain strengthens our sense of national identity and our unity. I will feel proud to carry my new licence and I hope others will too.’

A petition against the plans has already received over 1,000 signatures.

The petition states: ‘Refuse to follow the Westminster government’s proposal to place a Union Jack on driving licences. In Wales, licences should be kept as they are or have the Welsh flag featured instead.’

Other members of Plaid Cymru have spoken out against the changes, calling them “insensitive” and saying it will “create dissent”.

‘I am astonished that the DVLA are choosing to push this petty proposal now,’ said MP Hywel Williams. ‘It shows they have no understanding of the respect agenda between the nations within the United Kingdom.

‘Plaid Cymru will resist it and fully expect that other progressive parties will do so as well.’

The move follows the scrapping of the paper tax disc in October. From June, the paper counterpart of the photocard licence will no longer be required.


Man Wins Court Battle Over Lost Driving Licence

January 5, 2015
Posted in DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers

A driver for more than 40 years has won a two-year battle with DVLA over a lost driving licence.

The DVLA told 62-year-old Geoff Bullingham that he did not hold a full driving licence, despite him passing the test in 1972.

Geoff, from Hornsea, offered a photocopy of his original full licence as proof but DVLA said he had to take another driving test.

Mr Bullingham eventually sought help from MP Graham Stuart, who gladly intervened in the matter.

‘I met Geoff and could not believe the DVLA was insisting he didn’t have a licence when I was actually holding a copy of it in my hand,’ said MP Graham Stuart.

‘I took up the matter at Ministerial level, and after much pressure, DVLA changed its decision and is issuing Geoff with the full driving licence which he is entitled to.’

Geoff Bullingham (left) with MP Graham Stuart (right)

Geoff Bullingham (left) with MP Graham Stuart (right)

The problems arose when bricklayer-joiner Geoff requested a replacement for his lost licence from DVLA.

‘I wrote letters to the DVLA for months but wasn’t getting anywhere,’ said Geoff Bullingham.

‘They kept saying I wasn’t on the database as having a full licence. I found a photocopy my (previous) employer took eight years ago, but they said that wasn’t acceptable.’

When Geoff took the matter to the courts he was accused of driving without a licence with DVLA, though it eventually was thrown out.

‘Even though it had been thrown out of court my employer wouldn’t let me drive.

‘I’d worked for them for 28 years but in the end handed in my notice because it was causing so much stress.’

Mr Bullingham, who has since got a new job, added: ‘On Saturday I got a short letter from the DVLA saying they had amended the driving licence and they were sorry for any inconvenience. I am angry with the DVLA, but I am happy I got it back. I will be keeping it under lock and key.’

A DVLA spokeswoman said: ‘It is vital we protect the safety of all road users by ensuring that only people who can prove they have passed the relevant driving test are allowed to drive on our roads. Where a driver believes that the licence does not show all their entitlements we will investigate thoroughly and take any appropriate action.’


Anti-DVLA Parking Ban Proposed By Local Community

November 19, 2014
Posted in DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers

A Swansea community at war with Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency workers could bring in a one-hour parking ban.

Residents of Heol Pentrefelin have been offered the ban to combat DVLA staff parking in front of their homes.

The ban would cover 24 estate roads in the area and would mean parking on the street between 10AM and 11AM on weekends would be outlawed.

As these are typically within the working hours of DVLA Swansea, staff would be unable to avoid a ticket if they park in front of local housing.

The proposal is currently under a 10-day consultation ran by County Councillor Gareth Sullivan. Residents are encouraged to voice any concerns they have by then.

“Letters have gone out and people have been asked to indicate whether they want to support the idea or not,” said Gareth Sullivan.

“Where people have concerns I have asked them to put them down on the letter.”

The number of vehicles left parked on the street sometimes prevents buses from passing.

Residents and DVLA staff have reportedly been hostile to each other for more than a decade, however some believe that the suggested ban might go too far and drive the DVLA out of Swansea completely, costing the area jobs.


DVLA Issues Warning Over Fraudster Emails

November 15, 2014
Posted in DVLA,DVLA News — Written by Nationla Numbers

Motorists are warned not to open fraudulent emails asking for driving licence details.

The emails appear as if they were sent by the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency and ask the receiver to verify driving licence information.

Scammers can use the information to steal identities or even access bank accounts.

It is suggested that criminals could be using the emails to take advantage of those confused by recent DVLA changes.

Recipients should ignore emails and should not enter any of these details on any website other than an official .gov site.

The alert comes 4 weeks after drastic changes were made to the tax disc system which caused confusion around the country.


Halloween Decoration Clamped by DVLA

November 5, 2014
Posted in DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers

halloween decoration car clamped

A trashed car used as a Halloween decoration was clamped by DVLA in an odd mix-up.

The old banger, which was driven by a zombie, was made to look like it had crashed into the front of The Anchor in Darwen as part of the pub’s Halloween makeover.

DVLA have said that the “zombie car” did not hold any tax or statuary off-road notification (SORN), which is why the car ended up being clamped.

However the pub landlord, Lance Montgomery, said that the vehicle was on private land so should not have been given the yellow boot. It also had no engine or fuel tank.

Only a front wheel was clamped, though it is said that it was not properly attached.

Lance and his wife, Melissa, who is an interior decorator, spent months planning the Halloween theme, which took five days to completely stage.

You can see more of The Anchor’s creative and horrifying decorations here.


Driving Licence Fee Cuts Will Save lb150m

October 28, 2014
Posted in DVLA,DVLA News — Written by Nationla Numbers

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Reductions in driving licence costs with save drivers up to lb150 million over the next ten years.

New drivers alone will see lb82.2 million in savings over the next decades, 77% of which will benefit those aged 17-24.

Transport Minister Claire Perry and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander revealed that the cuts will come into effect as of October 31st.

Nationla Numbers previously reported on the planned changes in the fees paid by members of the public applying for driving licences or renewing their current licence. DVLA has committed to the suggest alterations with this announcement.

‘The cost of driving, especially for young drivers, can be significant and we are committed to cutting costs where we can,’ said Transport Minister Claire Perry.

‘Thanks to DVLA making large scale savings to their running costs, we have been able to cut the cost of the driving licence which will save drivers and businesses lb150 million over the next ten years.’

British motorists will see fees slashed by up to 32%. This would include fees for provisional driving licences dropping to lb34 (from lb50) and renewals after ten years reduced to lb14 (from lb20).

The cost of tachograph cards, devices that record speed and distance travelled that are used by businesses to monitor staff driving, will fall lb32 (from lb38).

‘Giving savings back to the taxpayer is a key element in this government’s drive for a stronger economy and a fairer society,’ said Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander.

‘That’s why we’re slashing the cost of getting a driving licence and giving it straight back to young people and businesses, saving lb150 million over ten years.’

DVLA continue to review their services in an aiming to reduce costs and save money for the taxpayer. Vehicle registration numbers may be the next in-line to see such changes.