DFT sets date for discontinuation of paper driving licence

The abolition of the paper driving licence will be delayed until 8 June, according to a statement issued by the Department for Transport (DfT). 

The change was expected to come into effect in January of this year, but was recently put on hold after concerns were raised by trade associations and hauliers. 

According to the Freight Transport Association (FTA), the proposed system would have created a large amount of unnecessary work for firms seeking to check the licences of hundreds of thousands of drivers three or more times a year. 

The delay has been welcomed by the industry, which has urged the DfT to listen to prevalent concerns and develop a clear plan of action for introducing the new online system to the marketplace. 

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