UK ADDRESS ERROR ON LICENSE GOES VIRAL, CREATES SENSATION
UK teen, Eve Paterson renewed her drivers license. In the address section, she quickly wrote “my dad’s house” without batting an eye or forgot to correct it at the time. She got her license back in the mail, and the data entry person who works at the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), which is the equivalent to what we call the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in the US, actually entered ‘my dad’s house’ in the address entry. However, it is a real license with an odd address. Obviously, the data entry person didn’t realize the mistake.
“MY DAD’S HOUSE” GETS 7,500 LIKES, 1,100 RETWEETS
Eve Paterson promptly took a picture of her new license with the mistake and rapidly posted it to social media. As a result the 18-year-old’s tweet went viral, with over 1,100 retweets and well over 7,500 likes. Many social media users have commented making fun of the situation or saying that can happen to the best of them. Once again, we have seen how quickly information spreads on social media. And it’s also shone a bright light on common errors in a human employed system.
ENGLAND DRIVERS LICENSE ALLOWS A MATTER OF PERSONAL CHOICE
Most noteworthy, research from the website comparethemarket.com discovered that there are over 1.5 million drivers in the UK with the incorrect address on their drivers license. Incorrect information on it can lead to large fines ranging in the fee of $2,500 equivalent. Because, UK laws state that it is illegal to drive with a license that has incorrect personal information. A spokesperson for the DVLA stated that address names are “a matter of personal choice.” They see a wide variety of house names each year when processing over 11 million licenses. These house names have ranged in the surprising and unusual. The spokesperson did recommend for Eve Paterson to return it to the DVLA. They will promptly reissue one with a corrected address.