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Scrap the charge to renew a driving licence photocard

Submitted on Monday 1st August 2011

Published on Thursday 4th August 2011

Current status: Closed

Closed: Saturday 4th August 2012

Signatures: 189

Petition Action

Scrap the charge to renew a driving licence photocard

Additional Information

This is a petition to ask the government to remove the charge (currently twenty pounds) to update the photo on a driving licence photocard. Drivers are required to comply; they should not also be required to pay.

If the DVLA requires a new photograph every ten years, it should bear the cost. There is no charge for updating address or other details, so it is unfair for the DVLA to charge to update the photograph. It is also unfair that the charge only applies to drivers who have a photocard; many still have older, paper-only licences without a photograph at all.

In any case, this charge is disproportionate to the costs involved.

This charge is also likely to be counter-productive: it may actually deter people (for example, those who don't currently have a photocard licence) from updating their other details to avoid having to pay in future, so that the DVLA database will end up being less accurate and up-to-date.

Please support this petition to scrap this unfair charge.

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