HC Deb 28 November 1973 vol 865 cc149-50W
Mr. Fidler

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what procedure has to be adopted by a disqualified driver to ensure that he gets his driving licence restored on the date that the disqualification expires ; how long in advance of the end of the disqualification period the person concerned is advised of such procedure ; and what steps are taken designed to ensure that such persons receive their restored driving licence to operate from the date when disqualification ceases ;

(2) if he is aware of drivers who have been disqualified, who make application for restoration of licence before the end of the period of disqualification, then may have to wait for more than 10 days before they receive their new licence though they have applied in advance ; and if he will take steps to ensure that the period of disqualification ordered by the courts is not extended through delays at the Swansea Computer Centre or other agency issuing the new licence.

Mr. Peyton

Application is made to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre which issues the new licence which runs from the same date as the old licence. If the old licence has run out the new one runs from the day after the disqualification ends provided that the centre has received the application before that date.

The driver is entitled to drive from the day after the disqualification ends whether or not he has received his new licence unless he is ineligible to hold a licence or his old licence has run out and he has failed to apply for a new one.