Further European Changes to Driving Licences and Driving Test Requirements

Consultation opened on 07 August 2013. Closing date 04 October 2013.


Directive 2012/36/EU amends the 3rd Directive 2006/126/EC and introduces changes to driver licensing and the vehicles that can be used to take the driving test.


Consultation description

This consultation paper concerns European legislation (Directive 2012/36/EU – the amending Directive) which makes changes to existing European legislation (the 3rd Directive on driving licences - Directive 2006/126/EC), which came into force across the EU on 19 January 2013.

Those affected will be persons wishing to take a motorcycle, lorry or bus test, as well as instructors who provide training vehicles in these categories. It also updates the codes that are put onto driving licences to show any driving or vehicle restrictions or entitlements and takes account of new vehicle categories introduced by the 3rd Directive. The majority of the changes must be introduced by 31 December 2013, apart from the changes that relate to large motorcycles which do not have to be introduced until 31 December 2018.

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