The DVLA is set to penalise drivers that hold two driving licences, by fining them £1,000 in a bid to try and prevent drivers from being able to avoid disqualifications and bans from driving. Changes to the law will bring UK laws in line with those of the EU, where it is already prohibited for citizens to hold two licences from different countries.
The move is believed to be targeted at those individuals that hail from one EU country but now live in the UK and have licences from both. This enables the individual to be able to spread points over the two licences, and where they would normally be disqualified for having accumulated 12 points in a three year period, it is possible that they could avoid this automatic disqualification by sharing the points over the two licences.
Freedom of movement between EU states means that non-UK residents from other EU state countries are able to move to the UK, without having to relinquish passports or other state documents from their original country. The EU has set up a directive aimed at preventing this from becoming a problem, at least with regards to driving licences. They have made it illegal to hold licences from more than one country, but the UK rules do not currently match these EU regulations.
It has been announced, however, that our laws will be brought in line to match EU directives, and that anybody found to hold two licences could face a fine of up to £1,000. The news that EU countries will need to make licence records visible to one another means that it should be a relatively simple and automatic process to check, and to ensure that people are not guilty of this particular offence.
The government has said that they believe the changes will prevent the illegal use of two licences to help them avoid disqualification for amassing too many points on their licence over a three year period. The government has said that the changes must happen, but they have set up a consultation period with the public before the changes are formally made.