Plans to abolish paper licence counterpart put on hold

Proposals to abolish the driving licence paper counterpart from 1 December have been postponed, following concerns that the new system would create unnecessary confusion. 

The delay was confirmed in an informal exchange between the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and the Department for Transport (Dft), with no official reason given by the DfT for the postponement. However the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association has corroborated the news, claiming that the discontinuation of the paper counterpart would now likely take place in the spring. 

A spokeswoman for the DVLA said last week that the counterpart would be abolished in 2015 as part of plans to remove unnecessary paperwork and make it easier for motorists to access government services.  It has also been suggested that a new service is being developed to allow trusted third parties to check a driver’s licence information as long as permission had been sought from the driver. 

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