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I believe the UK (and, now I learn, the EU) two-part licence system was meant to be a transitional arrangement and in due course the card part – the photo-licence – was going to be a smart card with a chip on it that carried all the details such as endorsements tht the paper counterpart now has. But there was no agreement in the EU about an EU-wide inter-operable system and so the smart photo-card licences never came in.
No doubt if it was proposed now there would be many (especially in the UK) who would see it as ID cards by the back door, and anyway where is the money to pay for such a huge IT project?22 Dec 2010
Now you come to mention it Cedric, I too recall something about this. We are talking many years ago. I recall that the paper part was supposed to be temporary. I have a feeling it may have been derailed by the flood of new member countries of Eastern Europe. Might be wrong though22 Dec 2010
I rent 30+ cars a year from Hertz mainly. All locations ask to see my driving licence, normally when exiting the parking lot. Since I switched to the seperate 2-part licence, I have only ever been asked to produce the paper section on 4 occasions and each time, this was at Glasgow airport. The first time this happened, I told them I didnt have the paper section with my and they told me they would charge me £5.00 to call the DVLA. I told them to forget it & picked up a car from Avis instead. As a precaution, I now keep the paper part in my briefcase.22 Dec 2010
rented car in germany on monday to get me home having only card part of my license. On arrival in UK was universally refused cars, as after office hours and no one would call DVLA. Welcome to Britain.22 Dec 2010