The European Commission has presented a proposal to modernise driving licence rules, including the introduction of a digital driving licence that will be valid throughout the EU.
Although thanks to the DGT app, it is possible in Spain to carry your driving licence on your smartphone, drivers from many other countries are still required to carry the old paper or card version.
The idea is that the introduction of the new digital licence, will allow drivers to access their licence via their mobile phones, as well as it being recognised by all EU traffic authorities, no matter what country you are driving in.
According to the transport.ec.europa.eu website, the driving licence proposal will amend existing EU law, with the key objective being to improve road safety and reduce the death toll to zero by 2050.
Measures will include:-
The authorities have stressed that by switching to an EU-wide driving permit, renewing or exchanging a driving licence will be easier. It will also be easier for citizens from outside of the EU, to obtain a European driving licence.
It is not yet known when the digital licence will be rolled out, as the European Commission still needs to give it the green light.