Dear Sir,I have been asked by my neighbour who passed his bike test in 1986 and had cause to send his licence off to dvla to update to photo licence,when he got it back,about a month afterwards he noticed that his bike cat A was missing,he wrote to dvla only to be told they cant find a record of it and has to sit a cbt & test again? he has had to sell his bike in the meantime,although I have heard of this sort of thing going on with others surely dvla are way out of line here,he has a letter from Beverley dvla confirming his entitlement but Swansea still wont put it on, what can he do? kind regards Richard
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See article in MCN not so long ago.......Regards, Andrew Campbell, Head of Motorcycle Claims, New Law Solicitors LLP, firstname.lastname@example.org
DVLA 'loses hundreds of bike licences'
Politics & the law
05 February 2008 15:37
DVLA is consistently losing motorcycle licences, a riders' rights group has said.
Riders send their licences to DVLA to renew them or update their addresses and get them back with motorcycle entitlement missing. Many don't notice straight away and continue riding, according to the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG).
When they contact DVLA to complain some are told there is no record of their ever having a bike licence, MAG said.They then face re-sitting their test from scratch.
MAG has received reports from members of 40 cases since April, while MCN has learned separately of 10 new cases within weeks.
Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show DVLA received 74 complaints of lost motorcycle entitlement between August 2004 and June last year.
A further 19 complaints of missing or disputed entitlements have been made to the agency since then.
According to MAG the true number of bike licences lost will "easily" be in hundreds.
DVLA says it requires proof before a bike licence was previously held.
The agency has admitted details may have accidentally been deleted during a change in the way records were kept in the 1970s but claims to otherwise have complete records of everyone's driving licence history.
MCN reader Chris Pritchard noticed straight away when his licence was returned with motorcycle entitlement missing. He complained and the DVLA corrected the error but he kept a copy of the licence with bike entitlement missing to prove the mistake occurs.
"I was one of the lucky ones," said Pritchard, a 48-year-old computer programmer from Harlow.
Solicitor Andrew Campbell said there were precautions riders could take to help stop it happening to them.
"The best precaution would be to take a copy of the licence prior to sending it off to the DVLA," he said. "A copy of an insurance policy schedule showing cover for a motorcycle also obviously infers that the person riding is entitled."