The European driving license or European driving permit, is a great innovation for those traveling between European countries. The central concept is that the European driving license is a single driving license intended to replace the various different types of license that are used in the various member countries of the EU.
This driving license then is valid in all of the countries in the European Union and this is highly useful for both drivers and for officials. Of course with residents of the EU free to travel between European countries, it is common for people from one European country to be driving in another. If they are stopped doing this, then they will be asked to show their driving license. Prior to the introduction of the European driving permit this would be very difficult as officials would not know what the styles of each of the different local driving licenses would look like. Thus someone could claim to have a foreign driving license when in fact they would have a fraudulent license. Alternatively the opposite could happen and someone would find themselves in trouble for having a fraudulent driving license when in face that is just the permit from their country.
As driving permits are used commonly as a form of ID outside of driving, this means that this can be a problem more often. For instance a fraudulent driving permit can be used as proof of age, or in order to open or close a bank account. Thus by introducing the European driving permit the EU managed to reduce incidences of fraud and made the entire process much more similar.
The European driving license looks like a plastic credit card with an ID on it much as you would find on a passport. This ID is in black and white and the individual will be pulling a neutral expression with their face fully visible. Details and statistics are then present on the European driving license down the right hand side and this include the full name, date of birth, country of residence, a signature, an address and other stats. In the top left is a the nationality of the European driving permit itself: e.g. ‘UK’ or ‘PL’. The driving license is made up of a paper aspect as well as the card itself.
The European driving permit has undergone several revisions and the next amendment is for 2013. This new card will be a single European driving license with no variations between countries replacing the 110 variations. This would include an optional microchip for member states which would enable police to access information in their native language, thus solving several current difficulties. The card will have a plastic coating and will be very hard to falsify.
This post was written by admin on April 2011