DVLA 'forcing' women to use Mrs or Miss on drivers' licence

Two female scientists have slammed the DVLA for ‘forcing’ them to include titles such as Mrs or Miss on their drivers’ licences when their husbands do not.

Ashley Kent, 35, opted for ‘no title’ on her licence when she contacted the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency after a change of address.

However the geneticist, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was stunned to find her card read ‘Mrs Ashley Kent’ and claims it is ‘one rule for men and one rule for women’.

Her colleague Elin Roberts experienced the same issue and angrily tweeted the DVLA saying: ‘[I] just received my new license [sic] and it is wrong.

Ashley Kent, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was stunned to find her card read 'Mrs Ashley Kent' (shown) and claims it is 'one rule for men and one rule for women'

Ashley Kent, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was stunned to find her card read 'Mrs Ashley Kent' (shown) and claims it is 'one rule for men and one rule for women'

Ashley Kent, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was stunned to find her card read ‘Mrs Ashley Kent’ (shown) and claims it is ‘one rule for men and one rule for women’

‘I asked for no title on but it has come back with one on it.

Can this be changed?’

However the DVLA replied: ‘Hi, the purpose of the title is to allow the system to determine the male or female format of the driver number.

‘I’m afraid it can’t be removed.’

Ashley, who disagrees with titles so much that she has even used false ones like ‘Colonel’ when checking into a hotel, said: ‘[The DVLA] need to get with the times.

‘My husband didn’t have one on his but I thought perhaps it was just because it was an older licence.

‘But when I asked my friends and all the women had their titles on their licences, I couldn’t believe it.

‘If women don’t use Dr and aren’t professionals, they normally have to choose Mrs, Miss or Ms – they aren’t given an option.

‘I would really hope that people wouldn’t discriminate against me because my title is shown on my licence.

‘I would hope they’d treat me the same whether I am a married or unmarried man or woman.

‘I can understand that there is a case for businesses or organisations knowing if they are complying with equality regulations or not, so they can say “we know that we are employing people who fit into certain categories” but the fact is that the dvla drivers license online don’t require this information for a man, leads me to question why they need it for a woman.

Elin Roberts opted for 'no title' on her licence when she contacted the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency after a change of address, but it was still printed with 'Mrs' (shown)

Elin Roberts opted for 'no title' on her licence when she contacted the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency after a change of address, but it was still printed with 'Mrs' (shown)

Elin Roberts opted for ‘no title’ on her licence when she contacted the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency after a change of address, but it was still printed with ‘Mrs’ (shown)

‘It’s just a hang up but it has to change.’

In the tweets she sent to the DVLA, Ashley said: ‘Annoyed that I’m identified as MRS but men aren’t identified as MR.

‘If you don’t need it for men, then why require it for women?…Why are women required to have a title on their driving licence but men aren’t?’

Ashley said: ‘I don’t necessarily believe that organisations are actively making a statement about a woman’s roles in society, but I want to be treated the same way as a man is treated and men don’t have their title on there.

‘Now, any time a place asks me for my title unnecessarily, I just pick the most ridiculous one which doesn’t tell them my sex.

‘I’ve been a doctor or professor when it isn’t needed for my title to be known. I was recently in a hotel and I checked out as Colonel Kent.’

Elin said: ‘My main gripe is that men don’t have a title on their licences but women “must”, I’m told.

This is an equality issue.

Elin Roberts vented her anger at DVLA over Twitter, later describing it as a 'equality issue'

Elin Roberts vented her anger at DVLA over Twitter, later describing it as a 'equality issue'

Elin Roberts vented her anger at DVLA over Twitter, later describing it as a ‘equality issue’

‘What bothers me about titles in general  is that if my passport doesn’t require my title why should anyone else require it?

‘I think it is unfair to be labeled by a title.

I am not a Miss [or] a Mrs and I don’t like Ms. I would prefer to have no title, which is why I chose that option.

‘They claim that they need to have my marital status to determine if I am male or female.

‘My argument would be that if I were a professor or doctor, they wouldn’t know if I were either.

‘Why do they even need to know my gender?

It doesn’t affect my ability to drive. It is something that is, in my opinion, irrelevant.’

Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, said: ‘Marital status has nothing to do with being able to drive or indeed most things.

‘Yet we feel the need to know if women are married or not.

Let’s dispense with titles altogether.’

Despite clearly stating to Elin via Twitter that the title is necessary to determine gender and it cannot be changed, the DVLA later claimed they will be able to provide a new licence without the title.

The DVLA spokesperson said: ‘We recognise the rights of individuals to be identified as they choose, including the use of the titles that do not indicate marital status such as Ms or not displaying any title on the licence.

‘I will forward this onto colleagues to look into the cases and arrange for the title to be changed or removed.’

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