|Not so fast UK driver where is your unique DVLA code?|
British holidaymakers' plans had better forget about hiring a holiday car this year after chaos after a new DVLA Government website providing essential information for overseas car hire firtms crashed on the first day of its official launch.
According to the media, Drivers expressed their frustration online.
Elra Desmond commented on Twitter: "Tut tut @DVLAgovuk pretty hopeless website you've got there."
While Iain Dooley asked: "Be honest, did anyone really think the new online DVLA licence service would actually work?"
It is not the first time the DVLA has suffered technical problems linked with its efforts to move towards "paperless" technology.
In October last year thousands of motorists were left open to potential prosecution for failing to have valid road tax when part of the agency's website crashed following the abolition of paper tax discs.
Amid the latest chaos, motoring groups warned that people could be refused hire cars if they follow official advice and tear up the the paper counterparts, which show drivers' records and any offences.
Oliver Morley, chief executive of the DVLA, earlier acknowledged that motorists would need their National Insurance number in order to access the specific code - valid for just 72 hours - that rental companies will now require to access their records online.
Sources: CNS, Daily Telegraph, PA,
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