Almost half a million drivers could have paid less for their licence if they'd renewed online - here's how to ensure you don't lose out
Around 460,000 (23% of) motorists could have saved a collective £2.3 million by renewing their driving licence online between April 2020 and March 2021, instead of by post, according to new figures from the DVLA.
9 November 2021
Warning issued to motorists over copycat DVLA websites that charge a premium for services
Motorists have been warned by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to avoid copycat websites that charge a premium for services you can get for free or at a much lower cost via official Government websites. Here's what to look out for and what to do if you've paid over the odds.
30 June 2021
More than 1.7 million motorists' details handed over by the DVLA
Over 1.7 million motorists' details have been handed over to private parking firms by the DVLA in just three months
25 July 2017
Motorists 'could show driving licence on smartphone' from 2018
The DVLA is developing a new digital service which will let you share your licence data with 'trusted' third parties
31 March 2017
VW emissions scandal: what does it mean for you?
The owners of nearly 1.2 million cars in the UK have been told their diesel vehicles contain emissions cheating software
2 October 2015
DVLA extends time frame to get hire car code following criticism
Hire car 'check codes' are now valid for 21 days, up from the previous three days
10 July 2015
Hiring a car? You'll need a DVLA code from today
The paper counterpart of photocard driving licences is being replaced with a new online system from today
8 June 2015
Jetting off this summer? Act now to save
Don't leave it till the week before, our holiday checklist can save you large, if you sort it now
3 June 2015
Drivers collectively pay 'double' after tax disc overhaul, says AA
The Government has made millions from the 'double taxing' of cars following its radical move to scrap paper tax discs
5 May 2015
Hiring a car? You'll need a DVLA code to do so from 8 June
Motorists planning to hire a car may need to show a code to do so, which is valid only for 72 hours, from 8 June
29 April 2015
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Got a travel credit or debit card you haven't recently used? Check it won't get automatically cancelled2 December 2021With some providers cancelling inactive cards, it's worth checking to see if you need to take action to keep your card account open - particularly if you have any upcoming Christmas trips.
2 December 2021The contactless card payment limit is rising from £45 to £100 on 15 October. But Bank of Scotland, Halifax, Lloyds and Starling will let you set your own limit, and others plan to do the same in future. Some providers will also let you turn off contactless completely. Here's what you need to know.
2 December 2021The coronavirus outbreak is causing major travel disruption around the globe.. We've the full info on what's happened, including changes to testing and quarantining. Plus, this guide also has key info on travel insurance, refund rights and more.
Shoppers will be able to withdraw cash in more than 2,000 stores across the UK without having to buy anything or pay a fee1 December 2021More than 2,000 retailers will allow shoppers to withdraw cash at the checkout without needing to buy an item or pay a fee by the end of the year.
Former Igloo, Symbio and Enstroga customer? Set up your direct debit with new supplier E.on NOW, or you'll overpay1 December 2021Former customers of failed suppliers Igloo, Symbio and Enstroga risk overpaying by about £100/year unless they take action NOW, as new provider E.on Next has been unable to transfer across direct debit mandates. You need to set up a new one with E.on Next by Friday 3 December, or you'll end up paying more, as direct debit is the cheapest way to pay
29 November 2021I was invited on to BBC Radio 2 Vine's 'What Makes Us Human' programme. The brief: "write then read out an essay on one unique element of humanity, interspersed with some autobiographical notes".
21 September 2021There are more myths and misunderstandings about student finance than any other subject. So in this blog is my updated 2021/22 version of the must knows, with links to far more info.
14 September 2021Update September 2017: It’s eight years since I first braved this subject, expecting a snowstorm of protest. Instead, year after year more join in, like Julia who recently tweeted me, “@MartinSLewis, finally took your advice and told my family I can’t afford Christmas presents. What a weight off my mind. Thank you.” One year even the Archbishop of...
30 November 2021If you’re shopping online for gifts, the deadline for ordering to get ’em in time for Christmas may be sooner than you think. Get it wrong and instead of presents under the tree, they could be held hostage at a courier firm’s out-of-town depot… To help avoid this, retailers now give their own final cut-off dates for orders you want...
23 November 2021
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