News and Updates from CVSL

Is your driving licence up-to-date?

Many motorists are unaware of legislation around their driving license and the requirement to keeping your photograph up-to-date. If you fail to do so you may have to pay a fine of up to £1,000.

How long is your driving licence valid for?
If you have a photocard driving licence, you must renew the photograph every 10 years. The Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency will send out reminders to drivers who need to update their photo; however it your responsibility to check this. The renewal date can be found next to code 4b. It is also important that you renew your licence if you move house before your licence is up for renewal, otherwise you might get fined.

How do you renew your photo driving licence?

  1. If you have received your renewal reminder, fill in the form, otherwise obtain form D1 ‘Application for a Driving Licence’, which can be found in a Post Office or alternatively via the DVLA website (
  2. Take a passport-style photo – this must meet requirements of the form.
  3. Find both parts of your driving licence and return them to the DVLA. If you haven’t got both parts, state the reason on your renewal form.
  4. The fee for renewing your licence is £20.00, which must be made via cheque/postal order to DVLA, Swansea.
  5. Send photos, payment and your old licence (both parts) to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1DH.

For more information about your driving licence:

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Summer heat driving checklist

With the hot weather set to return and the summer holidays around the corner, many of us will be hitting the road this August. Follow our checklist to stay safe on the road whilst temperatures are scorching…

  1. Did you know that temperatures could double inside your vehicle even with windows left open? It is vital to never leave young, elderly or vulnerable people alone in the car as they could suffer from fatal heatstroke. As with people, this rule also applies to pets. If you do see any pets in a car, monitor their health closely and phone the police on 999 who will inform animal welfare services immediately.
  2. Before seating your children in the car, make sure to check safety belts as well as their seats, these can both reach high temperatures potentially causing second degree burns to children.
  3. Drink enough water as dehydration can cause serious consequences, including dizziness and fainting, which could not only endanger yourself but also other
  4. Make sure to check your tyre pressure and your tyres for damage and under-inflation frequently as high temperatures increase the risk of punctures.
  5. With one in five affected by hay fever it is worth keeping a non-drowsy remedy with you on your travels to prevent you from suffering whilst driving. It also worth keeping your air vents closed and to have a tissue at hand.  A recent Halfords survey suggests that one in three motorists have been distracted by hay fever and that 2 million drivers have been involved in an accident or near miss.
  6. If your battery is older than 5 years, make sure that this is tested and replaced if required.
  7. Avoid overheating your vehicle – make sure to check that your car fluids are at the correct level and refill if required.
  8. Make sure to have an emergency kit kept in your car. The kit should include items such as drinking water, warning triangle, jump leads and a reflective emergency blanket (which can be used in the shade also). It’s also worth having an extra mobile phone charger with you in case your mobile runs out of juice.

Tony Poole, Director at CVSL commented: ‘‘most motorists are unaware of the dangers of driving in the heat. The above tips and applying common sense before setting off on a long journey will help you stay safe on the road. Make sure to take breaks especially when it is hot as it could often make you feel more tired than normal’’.

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CVSL wishes everyone a good and safe summer!

Neil Barlow wins Mark Cueto Pro-Am Charity Golf Day

Our commercial vehicle specialist, Neil Barlow, participated in the Mark Cueto Pro-Am Charity Golf Day in aid of the Lancashire Association of Boys & Girls Club (LABGC).

The charity supports children aged between 8 and 21 years by providing them with safe and exciting activities at affiliated clubs, giving them positive experiences, where they can make new friends and realise their potential as responsible citizens.

The golf day was hosted by former England International, British Lions & Shark Rugby player Mark Cueto, who is now ambassador at the charity after taking over from Bill Beaumont.

Neil commented:  “ as I am a keen golfer, I was delighted to get an invite to the Mark Cueto Pro-Am Charity Golf Day for such a great cause as Lancashire Boys & Girls Clubs who organise many events for youngsters in the local community.’’

Neil, who plays golf regularly in his spare time, enjoyed coming in at first place at Hillside Golf Club.

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Are you ordering a Ferrari Testarossa?

Should you go for that Ferrari Testarossa that you have always dreamed of? Or that convertible, as the weather has been a sizzler over the last few days? Or that fancy car specced out with bright leather interior and built-in WiFi? Leasing a vehicle will give you all of the above options, however you might want consider if the numbers stack up? Would it really be an addition to your life?


When you are thinking of getting that brand new vehicle and especially when considering leasing, it is wise to keep your options open and be as unspecific as possible as this will work in your advantage financially. Here at CVSL we work closely with car dealerships and manufacturers  (who can often offer us fantastic offers through manufacturer incentives, dealer targets and pre-revision models) which ultimately result in the best available price for our customers. These vehicles can often be delivered a few days after the finance is agreed.

So whether you have your mind set on a Nissan Qashqai or a Ferrari Testarossa, speak to our vehicle specialists as they will be able to inform you about similar vehicles without comprising on the price.

If you would like to know more about how vehicle leasing works, speak to our friendly advisers today or take a look at our flash offers.