Digital driving licences might be launched as a part of post-Brexit modifications to make transport “fairer, greener and extra environment friendly”, it has been introduced.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps stated on-line variations of provisional licences might be made obtainable.
The Driver and Automobile Licensing Company (DVLA) is aiming to develop an app that includes the licences, required by these studying to drive, by 2024.
Our transport community might be fairer, greener & extra environment friendly because of our thrilling new post-EU freedoms.
We are going to introduce digital driving licences – transferring provisional playing cards on-line, taking away paper check certificates & bringing MOTs into the fashionable age🚗1/5
— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) September 16, 2021
Bodily plastic playing cards would nonetheless be obtainable.
It’s understood that if the digital rollout proves to be a hit then full driving licences may observe swimsuit.
A Division for Transport (DfT) supply stated ministers had been unable to develop digital licences earlier than Brexit due to EU legislation.
Mr Shapps stated his division can also be “bringing MOTs into the fashionable age” by introducing digital variations of reserving programs and certificates.
“It is a golden likelihood to shake off the paperwork, spend money on our future, and realise our potential with world-leading transport that advantages all of Britain,” the transport secretary added.
Steve Gooding, director of motoring analysis charity the RAC Basis, stated: “Nowadays the one factor drivers are most probably to have with them is their telephone, so utilizing it to hold their driver’s licence may very well be fairly helpful.
“The danger is that the extra private information we retailer on our telephones the extra tempting a goal they change into for thieves and hackers.”
The DVLA’s strategic plan for 2021-24 states: “We are going to introduce a digital driving licence for provisional drivers and likewise begin to construct a buyer account facility.
“It will finally give our prospects personalised, straightforward and safe entry to a variety of providers and permit them extra selection in how they transact with us.
“Our providers might be safe, scalable and resilient and we’ll proceed to discover and develop using rising applied sciences.”