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Department of Transport to recall driving licences issues between 6th July and 19th July 2006 7 August 2006

The Department of Transport has announced it will be recalling all driving licences, including provisional licences, issued on the Isle of Man between 6th July and 19th July 2006.

This will affect approximately 600 licence holders who can expect to receive a letter from the Department advising them to return their new licence in the stamped addressed envelope provided. These letters will be sent out during the course of next week.

To make sure the replacement licences are re-issued as expediently as possible they will be processed in manageable batches, so drivers can expect to receive them back within five working days.

The Department is keen to stress that the incorrectly issued licences do not affect the holder’s right to drive or their insurance liability. These particular licence holders should be reassured to know that they can continue to drive legally using their current incorrect licence, although it must be stressed that the incorrect licence must be replaced as soon as practicable.

If drivers holding a licence issued between the 6th July and 19th July 2006 are planning to leave the Island in the near future, they are advised to contact the Highways Division Licensing Office on 686836 or e mail Julie.gale@gov.im or alternatively speak to the customer service team in person at the Highways Division counter at the Sea Terminal Building.

These licences are being recalled because some of the information on the reverse of the driving licence card is not the same as that noted on the front of the card, when they should in fact match up. This glitch in the usually seamless licensing procedure was caused following an extensive testing period when the system defaulted back to some original settings.

Mrs Marion Keelan, Highways Customer Services Officer for the Department comments,

“Unfortunately this error was not identified as soon as we would have liked and we do apologise for the inevitable inconvenience this will cause to some licence holders. Naturally we will make sure that replacement licences are issued as soon as possible.”

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