Driving licences get their cards
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by Martial Tardy • The European Commission is to propose a single European format for credit card-style drivers licences by April.
"The incorporation of a microchip into this type of licence is being considered," says a Commission official. "EU member states intend to include more and more information in the document."
The chip could he used for storing details of the driver's traffic offences, to describe the types of vehicle the licence covers or to manage a penalty points System.
A card with a chip (smart card) could store ample inforotti motion as well as solving some translation problems, so a "Danish police man could read Greek licences", says the official.
The existing EU rules on drivers' licences oblige UK authorities to introduce a photo of the licence holder on the document by 2001.