DVLA announced smart card driving licence consultation

A trial on smart card provisional driving licences is to begin early next year, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has announced.

The consultation has been set up in order to find out public opinion on the technology, which would allow motorists’ details to be stored for car rental and motor insurance purposes.

Drivers in Wales will be subjected to the trial, with only bilingual provisional licences in the country installed with the chip, over the course of 12 months.

The motor body added that police officers performing roadside checks will be aided by the format the new licences will take.

"Data contained on the read-only chip will be the data currently shown on the photocard licence, including an improved quality colour photograph as the new format driving licence incorporates a black and white version of the photograph," the organisation commented.

Earlier this year, the DVLA office in Swansea was attacked via a letter bomb. Four people were injured.

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