Scrap paper datedThe government has announced the abolition of the driving licence counterpart will now take place on June 8, 2015, after its original plan to ditch the paper licence at the start of the year was attacked by the FTA. The FTA said the delay will give DVLA time to develop an effective online solution for employers who have to check hundreds – or even thousands – of drivers’ licences a year. FTA director of policy, Karen Dee, said: “FTA knew the January 1 removal date had been delayed, but we were waiting for an indication of when the driving licence counterpart would be abolished. Today’s announcement shows ministers have listened to industry’s concerns, and we look forward to working with DVLA to develop a system which is fit for purpose.”