Counterpart licence to be scrapped

Changes to be made by the DVLA
Changes to be made by the DVLA

Motorists have been urged to take notice of the changes set to be made by the DVLA next month.

From June 8, the paper counter part will no longer be issued by the DVLA, meaning it’ll no longer hold any legal status

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) fears many motorists are still confused or unaware of the implications of the coming changes.

Sarah Sillars, IAM chief executive officer, said: “People are not aware of how many of the current procedures are changing.

“The onus is very much on the individual to obtain the information they need beforehand.

“So we very much hope people will not be caught unawares, especially if they don’t want a nasty surprise when arriving to collect their car at the start of their holiday.”

From next month, relevant information will be stored electronically and not be shown on any written documentation drivers will have.

These details can be only be obtained via the DVLA driver record system and be checked online or in writing by post.

Another change is how to provide proof of your driving record to an employer or car hire firm, as the photocard or paper licence will not be enough in itself any more.

Drivers will be expected to access the details themselves and print those off for submission to a car hire firm or employer.

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