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Fresh designs on European driving licences

RULES harmonising the design and award of driving licences in the European Union (EU) have been approved in principal by the EU Council of Ministers, which has struck a political deal over a proposed directive.

It insists that only plastic card licences be issued and allows the incorporation of microchips. The legislation also sets standards for issuing qualifications and training driving examiners. Also, it sets minimum time periods between medical checks for professional drivers. Other common principles include insisting that a ban in one country is valid across Europe and that licences are deemed partly valid from the date of application .

There are also guidelines on awarding licences for more powerful types of vehicles. A council note said the directive would 'improve the free movement of EU citizens' and 'reduce possibilities for fraud and increase road safety'.

The Directive must be approved by the European Parliament before coming into force.

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