Tuesday, March 28, 2006
EU Transport Ministers Back Standardized Driver's License
European Union Transport Ministers have given their approval for a standardized European driving license to replace more than 110 different types that are currently in use across the EU.
The agreement is subject to final approval by MEPs later this year.
All motorists across the EU will have to possess one of the new credit card-style licenses by 2032 at the latest. The issuing of new licenses will be obligatory as of 2012.
Permits will be valid for a maximum of ten years, but national governments can extend that period to 15 years.
Licenses for trucks and buses will have to be renewed every five years.