DVLA Blunders Impacting on Motorcycle Riders - January 5th 2007
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The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG-UK), representing the interests of UK motorcyclists, is very concerned at the current situation where the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) have 'lost' details of riders entitlements to ride motorcycles.
The full extent of the problem is not yet known but it is likely that riders who have sent their licences to the DVLA in good faith, and as the law requires, to have changes to their personal details and addresses updated may have their licences returned without the inclusion of their motorcycle entitlement.
The situation is further compounded by what seems to be the lack of a back up records system. The DVLA are requiring riders who have been affected by this blunder to provide their own evidence of having passed their motorcycle test.
MAG is advising riders to take photocopies of their licences before they are sent to the DVLA for any updates.
MAG's Campaigns Manager, David Short, says, "This is a very worrying situation. It will not only affect leisure riders but may impact on professional riders such as police, paramedics and despatch riders. Motorcyclists on whom the public rely for emergency services and business. MAG is making representations to have a question raised in parliament to try and get some answers in order to scope the problem. We will also be contacting the DVLA to help try and resolve this situation once and for all'.