The abolition of the paper driving licence will be delayed until 8 June 2015, according to a report on Motortransport.co.uk.
Motortransport.co.uk says that trade bodies, including the FTA and vehicle hire body the BVRLA, had raised operational concerns about the original proposal to abolish the paper driving licence in January 2015.
Following the announcement of the revised date, Karen Dee, FTA director of policy, said: “We had voiced concerns that the new date would be rushed and would not allow any significant re-development of the systems that businesses were expected to use to carry out critical safety checks on their drivers.
“Today’s announcement of 8 June 2015 demonstrates that ministers have listened to industry’s concerns, and we look forward to working with DVLA to develop a system which is fit for purpose.”
The Government has also unveiled plans to display the Union Flag on photocard driving licences, alongside the EU flag which has been displayed on licences since 1998.
Claire Perry, transport minister, said the move is designed to “strengthen our sense of national identity and our unity”.