RACQ welcomes digital licence trial

RACQ has welcomed the trial of digital licences in the Fraser Coast in coming months providing more convenience for modern day motorists.

The Brisbane Times reported the State Government had contracted two Brisbane companies to develop an app for smartphones that would give drivers the option to ditch the yellow plastic cards. 

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the technology would allow drivers to use it as ID on their phones and provide it to police when requested.

“This kind of technology is another added convenience for drivers, but it’s important we get the security right to protect the personal information of drivers,” Ms Ritchie said.

“We’re already using smartphones as banking cards and using apps to do many daily tasks, so it makes sense for this to be the next step.

“This is optional technology, if motorists want to keep using their traditional licences that’s okay.”

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey told the Brisbane Times digital security would be an important feature of the program and emphasised personal information would be locked behind passwords and biometric smartphone features.

"Unlike a physical driver licence, the digital licence app gives you the control over how much information you allow a third party to see, copy and retain, when you share it with them," Mr Bailey said.

The trial followed successful programs in New South Wales and South Australia.