EU driving licence approved
24 February 2005, BRUSSELS - The European Parliament has given the green light to Europe-wide driving licences to replace the existing 110 models in the EU.
24 February 2005
BRUSSELS - The European Parliament has given the green light to Europe-wide driving licences to replace the existing 110 models in the EU.
The new licence is in the form of a credit card and will have to be renewed every ten years to change the photograph as part of new anti-fraud measures.
The cards will contain a microchip with all relevant information in it but it will not be required to be readable for the licence to be valid.
Transport Ministers from the 25 EU member states approved the new law last October.
Ministers wanted the new law to apply only to licences after it entered into force but MEPs insisted that old driving licences be replaced too.
However, considerable time has been given to the member states to implement the new law.
The directive should come into force by the end of 2011 at the latest but countries that currently issue paper driving licences will have a further ten years to introduce plastic ones.
The harmonisation of licences does not include points systems or sanctions.
[Copyright Expatica 2005]
Subject: Belgian news