New date set for abolition of paper driving licence

Time 10:21 am, December 23, 2014

Screen shot 2014-12-23 at 10.15.25THE paper counterpart driving licence will not now be abolished until next June, the DVLA has announced.

The document will be scrapped on June 8, after a six-month stay of execution, and follows the tax disc into the history books as the DVLA looks to streamline its operations.

It’s a decision that has been welcomed by many in the automotive industry, with many saying that the new date will give people some ‘breathing space’ and extra time to adapt to the new era.

The Freight Transport Association said there was now time for a suitable ‘tried and tested’ online system to be in place.

While Gerry Keaney, the chief executive of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, said: ‘We welcome this delay and are happy that the DVLA and the Department for Transport have listened to the needs of some of their biggest customers.

‘The DVLA finally has a clear plan of action for developing its online alternative to the paper counterpart, and we look forward to working with them in delivering a robust, cost-effective solution for the vehicle rental sector.’

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Dave, production editor on Car Dealer Magazine, is a journalist with more than 30 years' experience in the worlds of newspapers, magazines and public relations.

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