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Paper section of driving license to be scrapped and replaced by online system

posted 23 Mar 2015, 02:22 by selectdrivinghalifax
The paper section of the two-part UK driving licence is to be scrapped within weeks under Government plans to make life simpler for motorists.
From June, the so-called ‘paper counterpart’ will be replaced with a new online system that holds the details of all licenced drivers.
It marks the end of the 17-year-old two-part licensing scheme which requires drivers to carry both a credit-card-sized photo-card, together with an accompanying green paper counterpart which lists any penalty points or endorsements.

The decision to ditch the paper element follows the scrapping of the traditional tax disc and is designed to ease the bureaucratic burden on motorists. Paper counterparts have long been seen as an irritant by many drivers who have to scramble for the crumpled, dog-eared and often falling-apart piece of paper it in their wallets or purses.
However, motoring groups warn that the change could cause ‘confusion’ for many drivers - particularly those without the internet - and even leave them at risk of fraud, or higher charges for things like rental cars.
For nearly two decades, motorists have been told to keep their photcard and paper counterpart together, and warned that ‘both must be produced when required’ by the authorities.

For more details see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3005068/Two-driving-licence-ditched-Paper-section-scrapped-replaced-online-system.html