Another step has been taken towards the scrapping of the many different types of driving licences in the European Union. The European Parliament’s transport committee has voted in favour of a common licence, which will have to be renewed every ten to 15 years.
Governments will no longer be able to hand out driving licences for life, as is currently the case in countries such as Germany and France. Licences for trucks and buses will have to be renewed every five years. The law, still to be approved in a full parliamentary session next month, will have to be phased in by 2013. The new licence, plastic and like a credit card, will be needed for drivers of cars, trucks, motorcycles and buses.