Islanders are set to be part of a revolutionary national movement that will see some physical driving licenses scrapped in favor of online digital versions.
The national decision which was outlined by the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, is part of a bid to make UK transport and travel more environmentally friendly.
Currently, each provisional license holder receives a plastic photo card and anyone who passes a driving test receives a paper certificate of achievement. That may soon change, however, with plans for the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to create an online application to display so-called ‘virtual’ licenses.
The changes, which so far only affect provisional license cards and paper test certificates, are expected to be in place by 2024. Reports have suggested that full driving licenses could eventually follow suit and go virtual, but no time frame was given.
Further ‘digitalisation’ is also planned, with MOTs for heavy-duty transported vehicles in the 21st century moving to digital booking platforms and removing paper MOT certificates. However, the technical controls of cars, motorcycles and vans will remain unchanged.
Drivers who have recently passed their test will already be familiar with some aspects of the digital process due to the paper equivalent of a driving license – which previously contained penalties and details of the category of vehicle the holder was able to drive. drive – discontinued in 2015.
The new moves were outlined in the DVLA’s strategic plan for 2021 to 2024.
Speaking to Auto Car magazine, RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding said:
“Nowadays, the only thing drivers most often have on them is their phone, so using it to carry around their driver’s license could be really handy.
“The risk is that the more personal data we store on our phones, the more they become a tempting target for thieves and hackers.”
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