The list of drivers legal obligations includes having valid and current documents in place. Find out what the law says you must do before you drive a car or ride a motorcycle on the roads.
LAW GUIDE FOR DRIVERS: This section explains the legal obligations of all drivers and riders in the United Kingdom.
What are the duties and responsibilities of drivers and registered keepers of vehicles?
Legalities include getting a valid driving licence and registering your vehicle with DVLA. The law states you must also inform DVLA when there are any changes in your personal or vehicle details.
Note: Car drivers and motorcycle riders must have the legal obligations in place before driving on roads.
All vehicle drivers and motorcycle riders must:
All learner drivers must:
Drivers legal obligations mean the vehicle must:
Note: You must get a minimum of third party insurance covering the use of your vehicle on public roads.
All drivers and riders must inform DVLA if you:
Higher and stricter medical and eyesight standards apply for drivers of larger vehicles. You must also inform DVLA if you have acquired any driving convictions.
Inform DVLA if you have any other convictions when applying for a passenger-carrying vehicle (PCV) licence.
If a police officer asks to see your driving documentation, you must be able to show or produce:
Note: What happens if you do not have the documents with you when the police stopped you while driving? In this case they may ask you to produce valid documentation at a police station within 7 days.
You will have certain responsibilities and obligations to fulfill if you sell your vehicle. One of them is giving the correct information to the buyer. Another will be submitting the right information to the DVLA.
You should apply to update the vehicle log book (V5C) before you make the sale. So, you may need to:
Note: Having incorrect details means you will not be able to cancel your vehicle tax and get a refund for any full months that are remaining.
It is normal practice to show the log book to any potential buyers. Doing so allows them to check that the details match the vehicle. But, you should never share:
A scammer could use this information to acquire a fraudulent copy of the log book. So, it increases the risk of the vehicle being stolen (or cloned).
Important: You may need to take a private number off a vehicle with a private (personalised) registration number if you want to keep it.
When you sell your vehicle, the country that the buyer is taking it to or registering it in determines what you need to do with the log book.
If it will stay in the UK after it is sold, the seller should give the green 'new keeper' slip section of the log book to the buyer.
You must always tell DVLA you've sold, transferred, or bought a vehicle. So, you need to notify them of the full name and address of the buyer. Failing to do so may affect a claim for any vehicle tax refund.
If the buyer will be taking the vehicle overseas of United Kingdom, and registering it abroad, the seller should:
Note: As a rule, the seller will get any refund of vehicle tax owing within six (6) weeks. The DVLA would calculate the value of a refund from the date they receive the 'permanent export' section.
Drivers Legal Obligations Before You Drive or Ride in the United Kingdom