As you approach your 70th birthday you will have to renew your driving licence. To ignore this will mean that you are driving illegally and your car insurance will not be valid.
The DVLA will send you a reminder near to your birthday and you must then renew it every 3 years.
You will be sent a reminder when you need to renew it again.

You can renew via post or online. Either way you have to fill out a medical declaration form.
Please be aware that some third party websites may charge you a fee to renew your licence so make sure you use the government website which does not charge.

Further information on the process of applying for renewal can be found at
https://bit.ly/33jWyuP the Age UK website

Link to the government website https://www.gov.uk/renew-driving-licence-at-70

For many members the use of our cars is vital in maintaining an independent lifestyle. Don’t get caught out and renew it.

‘ It is evident that Lord Grade would bring considerable experience in, and knowledge of, the media sector to this role. His commitment to leave his strong opinions aside and resist political pressure gives us hope that he will be able to act with the strict independence required of the role. We note his confirmation that he would play no part in public debates about the future of Channel 4 and the BBC ‘

Access the full report @ https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/9566/documents/162051/default/.

It might seem that this last observation was particularly prescient given that the next announcement by Nadine Dorries, Secretary of State for DCMS, at the beginning of April 2022 stated that the Government intended to go ahead with the privatisation of Channel 4.  Here is her announcement  on Twitter.

Channel 4 rightly holds a cherished place in British life and I want that to remain the case. I have come to the conclusion that government ownership is holding Channel 4 back from competing against streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon. A change of ownership will give Channel 4 the tools and freedom to flourish and thrive as a public service broadcaster long into the future. I will set out the future plan for Channel 4 in a White Paper in due course. I will seek to reinvest the proceeds of the sale into levelling up the creative sector, putting money into independent production and creative skills in priority parts of the country – delivering a creative dividend for all.

 There have been many comments on social media and articles about this fundamental change in Channel 4’s original remit.  Here is a link to an article from the RTS Television Magazine which looks at the pros and cons of privatisation for Channel 4.

https://rts.org.uk/article/channel-4-privatisation-gets-green-light

Published On: January 20th, 2022 / 2.3 min read / Views: 239 /

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