Will failing to change my licence cost me?
I recently moved house but before I could change the address on my driving licence I was caught on a mobile speed camera. The landlord at the house I’d moved out of didn’t forward the penalty notice and now, four months after the offence, I have just received a court summons. I would never have contested the offence and would have been happy to accept the fine and points on my licence but I am now worried that the fine may be increased. Where do I stand legally on this?
You should be fine as you have a legitimate excuse. I suggest you go down the route of a statutory declaration. Statutory declarations are used to allow a person to affirm something to be true for the purposes of satisfying some legal requirement or regulation when no other evidence is available.
You need to speak to the court to explain the situation with the house move and they will arrange for you to attend to explain the circumstances to the magistrates. They will then ask you to sign the declaration – avoiding the need for the trial.
Your ex-landlord may also be able to provide you with a statement confirming he did not forward it to you – but I don’t know whether you left on friendly terms. It is worth pointing out that making a false statutory declaration is a criminal offence.
Many people don’t change their addresses on their driving licences and they are risking a hefty fine. You need to change it immediately to avoid things like this happening.
‘You will need to explain what’s happened to the magistrates’