Most of the confusion seems to have been caused because old renewal forms are still being distributed, which fail to show recent changes in the law.The new forms were not distributed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Department until this month and some parish halls are still giving out the old ones.Case number one involves Mike Crouch, who had filled in his form correctly but was told by the Town Hall that his photographs were unacceptable because he had chosen a blue background instead of a white one.
Nowhere on the form did it say that the background had to be white.’My reaction was one of incomprehension,’ he told the JEP.
‘I wasted money on photos that are no use, all because, once again, the States don’t seem to be able to get their house in order,’ he said.’It’s another example of how they operate – they know the forms are wrong but they still let them go out.’Rohan Minkley of the DVS says the law was changed in November to require a light background to the photographs but that this did not appear on many of the old forms which were distributed via the parish halls.
However, he said that although ‘the law is the law’, some parishes had shown some discretion and ‘had used commonsense’ on the issue.Case number two involves Guy Thorne Booth, who took his own digital photos printed on photographic paper along to the Town Hall.’The lady looked at the photos and asked if they were digital photos.
I said yes, and she said they were very good but she couldn’t accept them,’ he told the JEP.’I suggested that she should pass them to the appropriate person anyway, but over three weeks later, they were returned with a form that stated digital photos are not acceptable.’I do not recall reading on the renewal application form that they will not be accepted, and was also under the impression that the instant photographs from professional photographers are taken with a digital camera.
However, I stand to be corrected.’Bureaucracy gone mad? I think so.
What a total waste of time and money,’ he said.? Mr Minkley says on this occasion the Town Hall was wrong and should have accepted the photos as they were on photographic paper.’Obviously what should not be accepted are digital photographs just printed out on normal paper because they quickly fade, but if they are on photographic paper they are perfectly acceptable,’ he said.