The paper counterpart was introduced alongside the photo driving licence in 1998, revealing details that the card license did not. Such details included endorsements and entitlements, giving insurers a clearer picture into each drivers circumstances and ability. Transport minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said: “Replacing the counterpart with an online service will save motorists money and reduce unnecessary red tape. “It will also benefit employers and vehicle hire companies. Relying on the counterpart meant relying on a potentially out of date piece of paper. “Now, when the driver chooses to share it, those organisations will be able to see completely accurate information direct from DVLA’s records. This will reduce their risk and improve road safety.” The elderly Charities and organisations however are claiming this could have a negative effect on the older drivers of the country, seeing them left behind as new age driving moves forward. The RAC said: “In the dash to digital, ministers must remember those left behind. Of the 20 million car-owning household in Britain, almost one in ten are without internet access. “The DVLA needs to remind people they can still make contact using what some of us might regard as old fashioned methods: by post and by telephone.” What it means for insurance Insurance companies will also be able to check drivers' licences using MyLicence, a service that locates the driving history of anyone. Designed to cut down on fraud the abolishment of the paper licnce could actually save people money on coverage, with insurers not having to write in such risks when compiling policies. With many making false statement when gaining quotes for car insurance providers have to bear this in mind, making sure they do not have to foot the bill for a huge pay-out. By adding a small amount to premiums across the board they in turn cover their backs. With accurate details now being in reach so easily this risk has completely been removed, ensuring clarity in the industry. Insurers require the licence number and permission from the holder before they can obtain the data. If you would like to receive a free, no obligation quote for car insurance then contact High Gear today!