A pan-European driver’s licence will stop drivers who have lost their licence in their own country from getting a new one in another country.
There are more than 80 different types of licences in the 25 EU states today. EU transport ministers last week approved a harmonisation draft plan. The agreement specifies that permits already in use will remain valid in any future system and that paper licences will not have to be changed for plastic cards. Licences would be issued for five or ten years, after which they would have to be renewed.