The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is scrapping the paper counterpart that accompanies all UK plastic photocard licenses. This may cause problems for visitors hiring a car in France and Britain this summer.
The DVLA says that from June 8 the paper counterpart of the photo card license will have no legal value. Drivers will be expected to get an online code – valid for just 72 hours – before hiring a vehicle and give the hire company the code plus their plastic card licence.
If the driver does not have a code or it is out of date the hire company can call the DVLA’s helpline – a premium rate number that is only open from 8.00-19.00 Monday-Friday and 8.30-14.00 on Saturday – for information and charge this to the customer.
The counterpart removal is part of a major “red tape” abolition policy by Government motoring agencies with many facets moving online, saving an estimated £8 million. MyLicence – a joint venture between the DVLA and the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) – has been launched allowing drivers to check their details online.