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DVLA Failure to Notify

The Drive and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) are the organisation responsible for motoring issues relating to the taxation, licensing and registration of all vehicles on the road in the UK. If you own a motor vehicle, you must notify the DVLA when you sell it, alter it or scrap it after an accident. If you do not you may face prosecution and a large fine. If you get a summons from the DVLA you should seek legal advice at your earliest convenience. At Cartwright King, we will advise you straight away, and may be able to avoid the case having to go to court.

When should you notify the DVLA?

If you have written your car off in an accident, sold it on or had it seized by an insurance company, by law you must notify the DVLA of the change. It is essential to be aware that it is your responsibility to notify the DVLA, so that they can update their records. You can do this by telephone, by post, or online.  Failing to do this is an offence and you can be prosecuted and risk a large fine.

Is there a defence for failing to notify the DVLA?

Although the onus is on you to notify the DVLA, they are a large organisation and do make errors. It is not uncommon for them to not update their system despite you contacting them.  If you contact Cartwright King we will liaise with the DVLA and may be able to persuade them that it is not in the public interest to prosecute you. It is important to keep a full note of all your dealings with the DVLA.

Who are the DVLA? 

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is the UK enforced organisation formed in 1965 that is responsible for maintaining the database of drivers and vehicles in Great Britain. The information that they retain, helps them improve road safety, reduce vehicle related crime, support environmental initiatives and limit vehicle tax evasion. 

How can we help you?

Cartwright King’s lawyers are available to liaise with the DVLA to potentially resolve your case before it reaches court. If the worst case scenario arises and the case is taken to court, we will ensure to consider all the factors surrounding your circumstances and put your argument forward. You can be assured that you will receive the essential, high quality legal advice and representation that our solicitors have to offer.

How to make contact

If you require any legal advice or if you would like a no obligation, free initial telephone discussion, then please call us on 0808 168 5550. Alternatively you can email the Motoring team on info@cartwrightking.co.uk and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Our Motoring solicitors provide advice across the country and are happy to meet at a time and location that suits you. We also have a network of offices in Birmingham, Bedford, Bolton, Derby, Leeds, Leicester, London Temple, Manchester, Middlesborough, Northampton, Nottingham, Sheffield and Worcester.

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