The paper counterpart is to be axed from 1 January 2015, following the tax disc. However, there are concerns that this move could mean that drivers face car hire delays in the UK. In addition, motorists could become more susceptible to fraudulent emails.
The DVLA recently warned fraudsters were sending out emails asking people to click a link to verify their driving licence, which if followed could see them compromised and their bank cards stolen.
An online service is yet to replace the paper part which could lead to people hiring cars facing higher bills and longer queues, car rental companies have warned, since car rental firms would be required to use the DVLA’s premium rate telephone enquiry number. a cost that would be passed on to the consumer.