EU: Agreement in the Council of Ministers on 10 year driving licences

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A plastic card with "optional use of a microchip" provided that this does not interfere with commonly accessible data will be obligatory as from 2012. At the latest 20 years after the date of application (i.e. in 2032), all driving licences issued or in circulation must fulfil all its requirements. The new licences for automobiles and motorcycles will be limited to 10 years, although Member States may extend the period to 15 years. For the UK lifetime licences (from 17-70 years old) will have to be replaced five times up to 70 years old, no doubt each with a new level of technology and legal requirements. See the Register coverage (link)

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