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‘Are red cars faster?’


The DVLA has released list of the strangest questions motorists have put to its online services, covering everything from which are the fastest cars to how to appear on Love Island.

Since 2017, drivers have been able to use home assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to instantly check their car’s tax and MOT status with a simple voice command.

More than 20,000 motorists have embraced the technology since then, with more than 47,000 inquiries, but it seems some are still struggling with its finer points and asking some less than appropriate questions.

Vegan chicken recipe

A simple instruction such as “Talk to DVLA” or “Ask DVLA” is enough to launch the Vehicle Enquiry Alexa skill or Google Assistant and drivers can then get tax and MOT updates by speaking their car’s registration number.

However, some motorists appear to have got a little confused or distracted and asked the service everything for everything from weather updates to tips on how to stop a flatmate stealing their milk.

DVLA chief executive Julie Lennard said: “We want motorists to be able use our services quickly and easily and voice assistants are becoming more and more popular. While some of the questions customers have asked us fall a little outside our area of expertise, we will continue to make our services simpler, better and safer.”

The 10 weirdest questions drivers have asked the DVLA

  • How do you get chewing gum off a leather settee?
  • How do I apply for Love Island?
  • Do you know a good vegan recipe for chicken?
  • Are red cars the fastest?
  • What time is lunch?
  • Is it going to rain in Ellesmere Port today?
  • What did you think of the Bumblebee movie?
  • How can I stop my flatmate drinking my milk?
  • Where are my socks?
  • Is this rash normal?

As well as voice-activated services, the DVLA offers online systems to do everything from tax a car to checking its MOT and recall history.