Irwin urges local drivers not to bin Driving Licence paper counterpart

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Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin MLA has urged local drivers not to dispose of their paper counterpart driving licence.

Changes introduced on mainland Britain follow work there to digitally hold details of drivers, including driving offences and points, however this system has not been adopted in Northern Ireland.

Mr Irwin said: “The media coverage of this issue has been headlines in recent days across the major news channels and some travellers are having difficulties due to teething problems with the digitising of the paper counterpart information. It would be easy for folk here in Northern Ireland to take a decision to bin their paper counterpart believing that the changes apply to Northern Ireland however as we have a devolved Assembly, this particular issue has not been taken up here.”

He stated: “There could be a case in the future for following the digitising of driving records, however given the significant issues that have plagued the system on mainland Britain, it would be important that such issues would be fully ironed out before it would be adopted here. In the meantime I would urge people to safely store their paper counterpart and not dispose of it.”