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U.K. Drivers Told They Won’t Need Paper Licenses From 2015

December 15, 2011

Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- The U.K. Department for Transport said it won’t require drivers to hold a paper counterpart to their licenses from 2015, a move aimed at easing bureaucracy.

The government also said it’s asking insurers whether there’s a way to remove the requirement for drivers to have certificate proof of insurance on their car. In addition, it will make it easier for car owners to pay their annual road tax online.

“Motorists shouldn’t have to keep numerous bits of paper just to prove they can drive and have bought insurance,” Transport Secretary Justine Greening said in an e-mailed statement. “We live in a digital age and we need to embrace that.”

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