Roads body denies new licence will cost jobs
THE Road Safety Authority (RSA) has rejected claims that hundreds of jobs will be lost as it rolls out a new credit card-style driving licence.
Pharmacists and photographers say a requirement that motorists have their pictures taken at dedicated centres run by a private firm, SGS, will result in up to 500 job losses.
The new licences, which are being rolled-out across the EU, will involve drivers having to prove their identity to SGS which will produce the cards.
Each motorist will have to provide a PPS number, signature and proof of address before their picture is taken and scanned.
However, Fuji Film Ireland director Kyran O'Kelly said the move would cost jobs.
"The future of the high-street and photo-booth business is seriously under threat," he said, backing calls from the Irish Pharmaceutical Union to change the system.
But the RSA said motorists would have to present themselves at an SGS premises only once. When the licence was being renewed, any photo could be used.
The new rules come into force from Saturday, when all new licences will be in the credit card format.
Old paper licences are valid for a maximum of 10 years and will remain in place until their expiry date.