A grandfather who died in a motorbike crash is being chased by the DVLA to insure the written off vehicle, despite his widow informing them of his death.

Sue Waldron, from Gedling, Nottinghamshire, said she received the heartless warning letter to her husband just before christmas.

The former nurse, still coming to terms with her husband’s death, was distressed to read that he could incur a fine for the vehicle involved in the fatal accident on August 22.

Paul Waldron, in his 60s, was a motorbike driving instructor. He was also a grandfather of five and had been married to his wife for almost 45 years, reports NottinghamshireLive .

Mrs Waldron said: “He lived for his bikes and his two children and grandchildren. He had a very dry sense of humour and was always polishing his bikes.

“I could not believe it. I don’t always cope with it, it is ongoing, and we have not had an inquest yet.”

The letter arrived on December 11, four months after his death near Newark, Nottinghamshire.

It stated that Mr Waldron’s insurance details were missing from the Motor Insurance Database and warned “to avoid a penalty you must take action immediately”.

Mrs Waldron said she has repeatedly informed the DVLA of her husband’s death by phone and in writing, but has not had a response.

“I have heard nothing,” she said. “They need to get their system in order. This happened in August and you have sent me this letter in December.

“I am feeling very annoyed and distressed. I think it is very insensitive.

“It is always reminding me. I have said ‘what is up with you people?’ I have told you he has passed away.

“He is not going to get insurance if he is dead.

“You have sent me this letter out about his motorbike when there is nothing left of him or the bike. The motorbike had been written off. “

The Motor Insurance Database said it posts these letters but the fines are issued by the DVLA and it is the DVLA that needs to be contacted over any ongoing issues in relation to fines.

A spokesman for the DVLA provided a brief comment.

They said: “We are very sorry for any upset that has been caused. In the meantime we will investigate what has happened at our end.”