Paper counterpart driving licence scrapped

Transport Secretary Justine Greening has announced that the Government is scrapping the regulation requiring motorists to hold a paper counterpart to their driving licence by 2015.

Part of the Road Transport Red Tape Challenge, the Department for Transport is also:

  • removing the requirement of annual SORN renewals for vehicles declared off the road.
  • only issuing hard-copy V5C certificates to fleet operators when needed.
  • introducing a limited exemption of drivers’ hours rules, so those that drive for the Territorial Army in their own time can continue to do so.
  • scrapping or improving a total of 142 regulations relating to transport.

Justine Greening said;

"Motorists shouldn’t have to keep numerous bits of paper just to prove they can drive and have bought insurance – we live in digital age and we need to embrace that.

"Reducing the number of rules and regulations in our life is absolutely vital to removing barriers to economic growth and increasing individual freedoms. This whole process just proves that there’s so much sitting on our statute books that at the very least needs a good spring clean or can be scrapped entirely."


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Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk said:

"I'm delighted that so many motoring regulations will be scrapped or improved, particularly those that affect business.

"The Red Tape Challenge has built up real momentum since it was launched in April. Overall, of over 1200 regulations considered so far, we have agreed to scrap or improve well over 50 per cent.

"We have already published regulations covering 12 themes, and there are 13 themes to come, so there remains huge scope for reducing the burden of regulation on business and individuals even further."

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