NSW To Ditch Plastic Driver Licence Cards: Premier Photo:
Trevor Collett | Mar, 14 2015 | 30 Comments

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird has promised to scrap ‘traditional’ plastic licence cards if the Coalition wins this month’s state election.

Mr Baird said the licences will be phased out over the next four years, saving NSW tax payers around $40 million each year.

Instead, drivers, motorcyclists, boat skippers and personal watercraft riders would be offered the option of an ‘electronic’ licence, eliminating the need to carry an array of plastic cards.

The list also extends to ‘proof of age’ cards and fishing licences.

A mobile phone app would allow licence holders to access their personal data, and provide a way to prove one’s identity when required.

Mr Baird said switching to electronic licences was the way of the future.

“I think what it shows is that [NSW is] innovative, we are thinking about what improves people’s day-to-day lives, having the capacity to do something electronically rather than the slow process of getting cards printed and carrying them around,” Mr Baird said.

“It is the way of the future.”

Speaking with assembled media yesterday, Mr Baird was asked how a person could prove their identity in the event that their mobile phone battery had expired.

“Obviously those sorts of processes will be worked through,” Mr Baird said.

NSW Finance and Services Minister, Dominic Perrottet, said the state government’s digital council would be responsible for initiating the change.

The state issues 2.8 million licence cards each year, covering 123 different licence areas. Those without a smartphone will still have the option of obtaining a plastic licence card.

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