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DVLA set to introduce major changes to driving licences and MOTs

DVLA set to introduce major changes to driving licences and MOTs

The DVLA has stated that significant changes will be introduced to driving licences, MOTs and driving test documentation.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps stated that paper test certificates could be done away with - while MOTs need to be brought “into the modern age”.

To help introduce digital driving licences, the DVLA is creating an app specifically for driving licences that will launch in 2024.

The UK would be following the lead of South Korea, Mexico and Iceland, which have all adopted digital licences in recent years.

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Data will need to be protected using blockchain technology, with some experts fearing that personal details could be subject to data leaks and breaches.

The government has been looking at ways to modernise the entire automotive industry. And as they look to move the UK’s motorists towards electric vehicles, now is the perfect time to implement new systems.

MOTs and driving tests are still conducted using elements of physical paperwork, with the Transport Secretary aiming to change that over the next few years.

Physical tax discs became a thing of the past a few years ago, and a similar process is set to follow for MOTs, driving licences, and driving test certification.

The news came as the government unveiled its strategic transport plan for 2021-24 with key principles including giving drivers more personalised, easy and secure access to a range of digital services.

How will the changes affect you and your fleet? Are you prepared for digital licences? Let us know at info@drivingmonitor.co.uk