‘It’s unacceptable’: Motorists slam DVLA over continued 10-week long delays for licences

DVLA: Doctor warns of ‘significant legal impacts’ to delays

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According to the Government website, DVLA processing dates for paper applications of renewing a driving licence are being processed from July 6. This 10-week delay has frustrated many drivers looking to get back out onto the roads.

There are also lengthy delays for drivers waiting to renew a vocational driving licence, as well as applying to change their name or address.

Paper applications for over 70’s licence renewal are also currently being processed as of July 6.

Some drivers will be relieved however, as those applying for a first vocational driving licence may be seen to more quickly.

They are currently processing those applications from September 7, a far cry from the months-long delays that were seen earlier in the summer.

The DVLA website issued a statement to drivers, commenting on the delays and how it would impact those applying.

It said: “We are receiving a high volume of enquiries about driving while your driving licence application is with DVLA.

“If your application has been sent to DVLA, you may be able to continue to drive while we are processing your application.

“This applies to most types of application.

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“By law, all drivers must make sure that they always meet the medical standards for fitness to drive when driving.”

The DVLA has been stung by Covid cases, strike action and previous social distancing restrictions at their headquarters in Swansea.

This comes as the UK is struggling with a HGV driver shortage.

The Road Haulage Association estimates that there is a shortage of more than 100,000 drivers in the UK, out of a pre-pandemic total of about 600,000.

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