Hundreds of drivers are at risk of prosecution from driving on an expired licence.
Parish authorities have said that over 400 licences which expired in October and November have still not been renewed. This is despite the recent publicity about the 'bulk renewal' of driving licences which asks all drivers to check the expiry date of their licence.
Centenier Danny Scaife, Chairman of the Comité des Chefs de Police, said:
"The Honorary Police, in conjunction with the States Police, are increasing the number of road checks this month as part of the seasonal campaign in the run-up to Christmas.
As well as checking for motorists who may be drink-driving and for defects on vehicles, our checks may include that a current WID is displayed and a valid driving licence is held.
Drivers should check before they get behind the wheel and if their licence has already expired our advice is do not drive but apply immediately for a new licence.
You can apply online and it is quick and really easy to use. The service works on a smartphone, tablet or computer and you can take your photo with the camera on the device so there is no need to get a printed photograph.
If you would rather use a paper application these can be collected from the parish hall and require a printed photograph. But please don't drive to the parish hall if your licence has already expired.
We recognise that it will be inconvenient not to drive for a short period whilst waiting for your new licence to arrive but that is minor compared to having to attend Court just before Christmas and paying a fine."
Last week the Magistrate, Bridget Shaw, reminded motorists that fines for driving with expired documents start at £300 and can also lead to a driving ban. If your licence has expired your vehicle insurance may be invalid and this is also an offence; the maximum penalty for each offence is £10,000.
Half of all licences due to expire in January next year have also still to be renewed. Anyone holding a Jersey driving licence can check the expiry date which is shown in column 11 on the reverse of the licence. There may be different expiry dates for each category of vehicle so each category should be checked.
Parishes are dealing with applications in the date order received but, to avoid a delay, applications can be made up to 3 months before the licence expires.
1. Contact for further information: Danny Scaife, Centenier, St Helier Tel: office 811863.
2. Online applications can be made at https://parish.gov.je/Pages/Do-It-Online.aspx You will need the following to make an application –
- One photograph taken in the last 6 months which meets the criteria (as with a passport style); this can be taken using your tablet or smartphone
- Payment of £50 for a 10-year licence
- If your name has changed since your last licence was issued (for example marriage, etc.) then you must submit the relevant documents (in this case a marriage certificate)
3. Paper application forms are available from parish halls but require a printed photograph.
4. To avoid a delay in receiving your new licence, we recommend you apply early. Applications may be made up to 3 months before the driving licence expires. Licences expiring up to 5 March 2019 can be renewed now.
5. The "bulk renewal" is a remnant from when all driving licences expired at the same date. It happens every 10 years and still affects 1 in 3 of those who hold a Jersey driving licence.