Vehicle rental supplier Europcar has announced it will launch services to deal with forthcoming changes to UK driving licence requirements. Effective 8 June 2015, drivers with UK licences will no longer be required to show the paper counterparts of their licences alongside the plastic photo ones.
The paper counterpart shows any endorsements for driving offences committed by the holder. Currently, drivers have to produce the counterparts when they rent cars or vans in the UK. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is replacing the document with a code available from its website.
The snags with the codes are that they are only valid for 72 hours from the time of issue and also vehicle rental companies are not authorised to generate the code for individual renters. To counteract the problems the changeover may cause Europcar is setting up internet access for renters at its depots so that they will be able to generate codes themselves.
Europcar is setting up a reminder procedure across its different reservations portals too. Renters booking online will receive a link to the DVLA Share Driving Licence webpage and a note giving details of the validity of the code. The firm will also send reminders to renters’ specified e-mail addresses and mobile telephones.
Europcar issued a statement last week providing information about its new services. In the statement, the company explained that it was streamlining the procedures to ensure renters were qualified to drive and they would not endanger other road users.