DVLA pushes paper counterpart abolition back by 6 months
22 December 2014
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
The DVLA has decided to push back the abolition of the paper driving licence until 8 June 2015.
The licence was originally meant to be abolished in January, but the BVRLA expressed concern at the lack of systems in place to allow licence checking to take place and campaigned the for Government body to delay the changeover.
The association said the six-month delay will give its members time to test and develop new ideas to verify customers' driving licence details, while the DVLA said a checking device would be made available in advance. It said the service would include "technical solutions that provide up-to-date, fit-for-purpose alternatives to the paper licence."
"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," said BVRLA chief executive, Gerry Keaney.
"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," said Keaney.