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UK to get digital driving licence?

Ever wanted a digital version of your driving licence? Well, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in the UK is looking at exactly that, so you can have a smartphone version of your licence. Chief executive Oliver Morley shared a tweet, which showed off a prototype, which uses Apple's Wallet app on an iPhone. He…

How To... dispute a fine from the Dartford Crossing

Many drivers have referred to the Dartford Crossing as an absolute shambles, and a number of motorists have been fined for using the crossing when they've not even used it. It seems that the problems stem from licence plates being misread by the automated camera systems which are in place. Worse still, is that some…

Kia sat-nav maps still out of date

Swathes of drivers are frustrated with their Kia vehicles that come with in-built satellite navigation systems. Why? Well, they've got a satnav that is out-of-date by three years, and updates from the company are not exactly forthcoming, despite promises to the contrary from Kia. Customers have been getting in touch with the company, asking when…

Halfords Autocentre fined £47,000 after uncover investigation

An undercover operation found that a Halfords Autocentre failed to fix 11 out of 20 defects that had been deliberately left by Trading Standards. The watchdog sent an illegal Vauxhall Astra with broken and missing light bulbs, irregular tyre pressures, oil leaks and faulty windscreen wipers to the centre in Filton, Bristol. The car was…

DVLA kills off paper section of the UK driving licence

Wave goodbye to the paper bit of your two-part driving licence if you live in the UK. That's because it is going to be replaced by a brand new online system from June 8th this year, according to the DVLA. Of course, the DVLA are really great at holding everyone's details, as we saw with…

What to do if the DVLA have lost your letter

Back in 2010, we wrote about the problems with the DVLA (where do you start, right?) and how, if you send them a letter and they lose it, they'll blame you. Their off-road notification system was described back then as “a shambles" and “legally unenforceable" and in “administrative chaos", and it looks like nothing much…

Baby On Board stickers will probably kill your baby

No-one likes children, thanks to clucking parents flooding various timelines with their snotty little hooting drunks sat in a variety of poses that you've seen every other stupid child sat in since time began. Such is the growing level of hatred for children, it isn't at all surprising to hear that one-in-twenty accidents are caused…

North Tyneside Council pwned over parking ticket

Ross Lewis wasn't entirely thrilled to receive a parking ticket from North Tyneside Council, especially early on Sunday morning: According to the blog set up by Ross to highlight his plight, Ross had parked up on a main road with no markings. Four hours later, a traffic warden issued a parking ticket for because his…

Bitterwallet’s How To… appeal parking tickets

Long-term readers might recall our rather excellent guide on dealing with private parking fines, in which we recommended ignoring both the ticket and all subsequent correspondence. Sadly, that’s not really a viable option if you’ve been fined by the council or police. In this guide, we’ll look at how to contest non-private tickets that you…

DVLA act unlawfully whilst losing your letters and blaming you for it

Many companies act like complete arseholes when correspondence goes missing. The amount of times I haven't been sent a letter or the postman has eaten it (or whatever they do with them), to be then chased up with a grouchy phonecall has gone past the point of trying to remember a number. However, most companies…

Sainsbury's charge customers up to 33p per minute for parking

Bitterwallet reader Lynda has sent us a photo taken at her local Sainsbury's in Kettering. The supermarket has just unveiled new parking charges for customers: At £50 for 150 minutes, that's 33p per minute. It might be a mistake. If it's not, is this an indication that businesses are backing away from using private towing…

Bitterwallet's How To... deal with private parking fines (part 1)

If you receive a parking ticket, whether from the police, council, or a private parking company, is there anything you can do? Hopefully this article will inform you of rights that you never knew you had. Part 1 of the guide assumes that your car has not been clamped or towed. We will discuss cars…