Last Friday I was given a speeding ticket. Yes, I know. I was going just over the limit on an unknown road and I've learnt my lesson. I accepted the fine at the side of the road and went through all my insurance and MOT details which were fine. I was then asked to provide my driving licence at a police station in the next seven days, and that's where the problem is.
Now before I start, I do have a full driving licence (it was clean too!) but if I explain this to you then maybe you would understand where I'm coming from.
On Tuesday July 24th work asked me to drive to London rather than fly to save on the budget and said they would hire me a car, and all I had to do was show my driving licence at the car hire depot. I went home that night and looked through my motor folder and came across a letter from a couple of months earlier, saying that I needed to provide a new photo for a picture driving licence (Mine had always been paper back in the day!). It must have completely slipped my mind that I'd not re-sent this picture to complete the process when I had moved house. The letter also stated that DVLA would keep my paper licence until I provided them with this.
Not a problem I thought, because work said that if I couldn't find my drivers licence they would issue me with a company car instead. So that night I went to asda, got my passport photo and sent the paperwork off on Wednesday (25th) morning.
Then I was stopped for speeding on the Friday by a speed gun. (27th). I explained to the officer that my licence was in Swansea being amended and he told me to explain this to police station, so off I went.
The same day I went to the station to explain the situation, took along supporting documentation to show that I did have a driving licence, but they said that they needed the actual licence to send back off to Swansea and have the 3 points added.
The problem starts here.
The officer at the station (a very unhelpful lady who spoke to me like I'd just thrown a gang of kids down a mineshaft) said that if I don't show my licence by Friday 3rd August (tomorrow) then I would be issued with a summons to court.
In normal circumstances I would completely understand, but at this moment in time the licence still has not arrived at my home and the royal mail is on strike tomorrow.
Now I've never been in trouble with the police in my life, but I can't sleep and have had the odd panic attack over it. I'm a 28 year old man for god's sake and I'm having panic attacks over something that wouldn't bother anyone else.
Does anybody have any advice what I can do when I get back home from London tonight. I'm going straight to the station to explain again, and mention that if it's not here today it won't be here at the cut off of tomorrow noting the strike.
I know I was a naughty boy speeding, I know I was right to be fined and given points, and I know that the procedure is 7 days.
I'm just asking for some advice on the predicament to get my nerves at ease.
Thanks for listening.