Removal of the driving licence counterpart
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has now confirmed that the withdrawal of the driving licence counterpart, originally due to take place in January 2015, will now happen on 8 June 2015. This decision from Transport Minister Claire Perry MP follows sustained pressure from FTA.
From 8 June, DVLA will no longer issue paper counterparts and those in circulation will no longer have any legal status. In a letter to FTA, DVLA says that its “focus continues to be on bringing on technical solutions that provide up to date, fit for purpose alternatives to the paper counterpart, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with you on the development of these services.” The Agency has also issued an initial briefing pack which outlines its current plans.
However, the alternative system DVLA is suggesting as the replacement for the counterpart is heavily reliant on drivers providing the information and has been rejected as being unsuitable by FTA's own National Council. FTA remains critical of the way in which the Government has handled this process but will continue to work with all parties to ensure that a replacement system, which is fit for purpose, is developed prior to the eventual removal of the counterpart.