Driving licence change is put back

After considerable pressure from trade bodies, including the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), Transport Minister Claire Perry has ordered the DVLA to postpone the withdrawal of the paper driving licence counterpart, originally due to take place this month, to 8 June.

From 8 June, DVLA will no longer issue paper counterparts and those in circulation will no longer have any legal status. The exception is those drivers who still hold a pre-1998 non-photocard licence.

It comes after heavy criticism that the alternative system DVLA is suggesting is heavily reliant on drivers providing the information and has been rejected as being unsuitable.

CPT Operations Director, Stephen Smith, tells routeone: “CPT has been discussing with the DVLA for some considerable time the implications of the abolition of the counterpart licence on the industry.

“We are pleased that the DVLA has decided to delay the abolition until June 2015.

“This extension gives time for further discussions to take place in order to try and reduce the administrative burden on our members due to this change, and we very much hope that a workable solution can be found for dealing with the recruitment of new drivers and licence checking for existing PCV drivers.”

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