Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

Dept unprepared for event they planned months ago

Wakey wakey: Even with months to plan in advance the DVLA's website still collapsed

Updated The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) site crashed yesterday under the strain of users flocking to receive an online code to replace their paper driving licence counterparts.

One user, Dave Compton, told us he was still experiencing problems this morning. He said: "I retrieved the sharing code required for my hire car, but only after hours of attempting to log in. I tried again this morning [Tuesday] and couldn't even reach the log on page. It timed out and returned a 500 Internal Server error."

Yesterday was the official launch of the the DVLA site, as paper licences became obsolete as of midnight.

After a major collapse, the site appeared to be working intermittently by the end of Monday (8 June).

In a tweet about the snafu, the DVLA said: "We’re seeing high demand for our View Driving Licence service. Drivers may experience access issues, we’re sorry for any inconvenience."

Unsurprisingly many users took to Twitter to complain:

This is not the first time the site has experienced problems. In March it was down for nearly two days due to a "timeout error". ®

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TITSUP: Total Inability To Support Usual Performance

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