March 23, 2015

Paper Counterpart Scrapped in June

From June, the paper counterpart of the licence will be replaced with a new online system that holds details of all licensed drivers. The two-part licensing scheme which requires drivers to carry both a photocard and the green paper counterpart which lists nay penalty points or endorsements has only been in force for 17 years but is now to be scrapped.

New drivers will cease to be given the paper counterpart of the licence from June when the new system comes into effect.

However, there is widespread criticism of this change with many arguing the change could cause confusion. Not all drivers are comfortable with computers and surfing online. It could also cause a lot of resentment. People will also be concerned at who exactly will be able to access your electronic driver record, and the potential for fraud and scams.

The introduction has already been delayed for six months because of concerns that the IT would not be ready. Drivers are being urged to check the electronic record to ensure that it matches up with their paper counterpart.

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