Paper counterpart abolition enforced for UK motorists

Written by Ellie

Businesses and individuals across the UK must now be aware of the fact the paper counterpart driving licence has been abolished and is no longer admissible as proof of a driver's motoring credentials.

Implemented on Monday (June 8th), the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) introduced its new online Share My Licence service, which replaces the old paper counterpart as the main means for licence checking in the UK.

Approximately 46 million licence holders across the country have been affected by this change, with the DVLA highlighting the fact taxpayers will now save millions of pounds each year as a result of the organisation no longer having to produce printed records.

Transport minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon commented: "Replacing the counterpart with an online service will save motorists money and reduce unnecessary red tape.

"It will also benefit employers and vehicle hire companies. Relying on the counterpart meant relying on a potentially out of date piece of paper.

"Now, when the driver chooses to share it, those organisations will be able to see completely accurate information direct from DVLA's records. This will reduce their risk and improve road safety."

Chief executive of DVLA Oliver Morley added that the new system will simplify the relay of driver details and ensure employers can easily keep up to date with the licensing status of their drivers.

All road users should now make themselves aware of the necessary steps required to receive online accreditation for their licensing status, as the abolition of the paper counterpart means things like hiring a car could be more difficult if individuals are not properly prepared.

That said, finding more information on the new licence checking service can be as easy as heading to the website and searching 'view driving licence'.

Posted on 9th June 2015

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