I wonder if anybody knows about this and whether it is likely to affect us when we arrive on 13th June?
I got an email recently saying "Don't be Left Stranded by the New Car Hire Law" It was quite long but I did check with the DVLA website which confirms it. An extract from the email said:-"So what happens when you rent a car after the 8th of June?
In the past you've always had to show your paper part of your licence to pick up the rental but after the 8th of June, the DVLA are introducing a new system called "Share my Driving Licence". This service allows you to download an access code that you take with you to the Rental Desk. This is like giving the Desk written permission to access the DVLA's service to check your licence. They then login and can view any endorsements you may or may not have.
Due to this access code only being valid for 72 hours, you will need to be super organised before you leave for your travels! Make sure you go on-line to "Share my Driving Licence" and get your access code no more than 2 days before you pick up the car. Bear in mind that if you're hiring in Australia or somewhere equally as far then you'll need to work out your flight time etc. For more info regarding this please see the DVLA Blog.
Our advice would be to print out a PDF copy as well as the access code, just in case there are any technical problems when you get to the desk. The Assistant at the desk can call the DVLA directly to check your licence if required but this is costly, typically 51p a minute premium rate service. The cost to you, the customer, can be as much as £19.99 depending on the location and the service is only available Monday - Friday 0800 - 1900 and Saturday 0900 - 1400!! No good for Sunday travellers!"
It could apparently affect anybody from the UK hiring a car from June 8th anywhere in the world (including the UK). We will try just handing over the old paper one first, as I doubt most companies will know anything about it, but will bring down the code & get the pdf on to the tablet for safety though as we land outside their working hours. Can't help thinking it is going to hit impulse holiday car hires.http://www.carrentals.co.uk/compare/Don