Copycat Websites Costing Motorists Small Fortune
The DVLA has warned motorists only to apply for a driving licence/road tax online at GOV.UK. That is very important. Why? Because there is a range of copycat websites - that look remarkably similar to the government's - that offer a potentially expensive "check and send" service but are not associated with the DVLA. Such companies tend to be found via search engines in the sponsored links/paid for sections. As such, a motorist might complete – or to be more accurate believe he/she completes an online application - then pays the relevant fee. But this does not lead to a new licence or tax disc. Instead, the company simply prints the application form and sends it to the driver. It must then be posted to the DVLA for processing. The DVLA has revealed that such companies charge up to three times the rate of its direct services. Furthermore, it said that “the Office of Fair Trading has ruled that websites which charge additional fees and services are not acting illegally”. The Government - led by Cabinet Office’s Government Digital Service - will, however, “continue to investigate reports of organisations which may be actively misleading users about their services or acting illegally”. Action will be taken as required.
GOV.UK Online Services And Information
GOV.UK provides a range of online services and information for drivers. These relate to:
Driving licence, e.g. apply for a provisional licence, renew a licence, renew a licence if the motorist is seventy or older, change of address, book theory/practical driving test, etc.
Tax disc, e.g. renew, check vehicle is taxed, calculate rates, SORN deceleration, etc.
Number plates and vehicle registration, e.g. apply for a vehicle identity check, purchase personalised registrations, find number plate suppliers, rules for displaying registrations, importing vehicles into the United Kingdom, exporting vehicles, selling a vehicle, scrapping a vehicle, changing name/address on V5C, etc.
MOT, e.g. check MOT history of a vehicle, check MOT status of a vehicle, checks when purchasing a second-hand vehicle, emissions testing, etc.
- Teaching people to drive, e.g. apply to become an instructor, book/change/cancel theory tests for pupils, criminal record check before becoming an instructor, etc.
Blue badge, e.g. apply for or renew a blue badge, report blue badge stolen, change the details of a blue badge, etc.
Parking, e.g. appeal a parking fine, getting a parking permit, paying a fine, etc.