Truckies to move to 'smartcard' licences

Truck drivers will soon move to smartcard licences, after the nation's transport ministers agreed to the move

Truck drivers will soon move to smartcard licences, after the nation’s transport ministers signed a protocol in favour of the move.

The new cards will have a chip detailing individual driver’s information which will be accessible by all state and territory enforcement officers.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Anthony Albanese says the new system will safeguard privacy while making it harder for people to use stolen or fake cards.

"These licences also have the potential to make it easier for motorists to change their personal details and store a range of other important information such as donor and health information," Albanese says.

Ministers signed the Smartcard Licence Interoperability Protocol (SLIP) during today’s Australian Transport Council (ATC) meeting in Adelaide.

Albanese says the protocol is an example of what can be achieved by jurisdictional cooperation.

The smartcard was developed by Queensland Transport and the State Government plans to introduce it in 2010.

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