The DfT has restated just how much money will be saved by the abolition of the paper counterpart to the driving licence which was announced last year as one result of the red tape challenge.
According to the DfT the change will see the Department save £947,000 and licence holders save £8.34 million (it’s not clear whether this is a one-off figure or over a period of time). Not a fortune in the grand scheme of things, but as they say ‘every little helps’. Best not ask how much money could have been saved if the things had not been introduced in the first place.
Staying with driving licences, the Daily Mail reports that another change due in 2015 – which will see the cards contain a micro-chip storing data about drivers – could also allow the Union Jack to be displayed. The paper says that EU rules and regulations never actually ruled this out and that any member state could put their national emblem alongside the European stars; it was just that the previous government decided not to go for it.