Military Veterans & UK Driving Licences.

British armed forces veterans could have their driving licences stamped with a "V", as part of plans to improve the recognition of their service.

The move, similar to a US scheme, could see 2.5 million ex-military personnel issued with the new licence to "clearly distinguish" them as veterans.

The card would give holders easier access to specialist services and to offers, including retail discounts.

PM Theresa May said veterans deserved "recognition for their sacrifice".

The scheme, to be announced by the prime minister later, could be implemented in the early 2020s.

Mrs May will say the card will be the first universally recognised ID for veterans in the UK and will create a new proof of service for veterans.

The Ministry of Defence is working with the Department for Transport and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to adapt the design of the current driving licence.

(Report on BBC News website_
 
British armed forces veterans could have their driving licences stamped with a "V", as part of plans to improve the recognition of their service.

The move, similar to a US scheme, could see 2.5 million ex-military personnel issued with the new licence to "clearly distinguish" them as veterans.

The card would give holders easier access to specialist services and to offers, including retail discounts.

PM Theresa May said veterans deserved "recognition for their sacrifice".

The scheme, to be announced by the prime minister later, could be implemented in the early 2020s.

Mrs May will say the card will be the first universally recognised ID for veterans in the UK and will create a new proof of service for veterans.

The Ministry of Defence is working with the Department for Transport and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to adapt the design of the current driving licence.

(Report on BBC News website_
ID Cards for Veterans - could be good
 

dwills

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I wonder if there was no Brexit, if was possible in the manta of EU standardisation?
 

ancienturion

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I wonder just how much it will really cost each so called veteran to have a driving licence with a 'V' on it?
 

Auld-Yin

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I wonder just how much it will really cost each so called veteran to have a driving licence with a 'V' on it?
I did wonder that myself, but as it is not being implemented until 2020 I should be OK as I will be 70 and have to apply for a new driving licence anyway.

Currently I still have the old green, paper licence; none of this new fangled photo stuff for me! :p
 
It is a worthless gesture.
It is for me. I sent my licence to Swansea in October 2015 to have 3 points added, and the phot was out of date, which is why I couldn’t get on the course to avoid the automatic fine.
A week later, I returned to Thailand.
I guess it’s in a mark time tray at Swansea, waiting for ‘V’ to be added, before they send it back to the address I don’t live at anymore, and ask me to provide an up to date picture. ;)
 

UORMan

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I don't want to pour cold water on the scheme, which could be a good idea, but one assumes there will be a minimum period of service required to benefit from this.
I my honest opinion, anyone with less that 6 years colour service should not be included.
I know it seems a bit harsh, but otherwise you will have every Tom, Dick or Harry who spent 6 months doing training, before either leaving because they couldn't hack it, or they were not suitable applying.
 
I don't want to pour cold water on the scheme, which could be a good idea, but one assumes there will be a minimum period of service required to benefit from this.
I my honest opinion, anyone with less that 6 years colour service should not be included.
I know it seems a bit harsh, but otherwise you will have every Tom, Dick or Harry who spent 6 months doing training, before either leaving because they couldn't hack it, or they were not suitable applying.
...and why just servicemen? What about our brave firefighters, paramedics, police people, traffic wardens, refuse collectors and other uniformed public servants who have put themselves in danger? (There have been some awful bin lorry accidents..)

To be honest, a driving licence is used as a common form of ID and unless it gave you automatic reduction on speed points collecting, I don't think I'd want to be marked out as a "veteran" so I wouldn't apply unless there was some serious substantial benefit.
 
I don't want to pour cold water on the scheme, which could be a good idea, but one assumes there will be a minimum period of service required to benefit from this.
I my honest opinion, anyone with less that 6 years colour service should not be included.
I know it seems a bit harsh, but otherwise you will have every Tom, Dick or Harry who spent 6 months doing training, before either leaving because they couldn't hack it, or they were not suitable applying.
I don't really see the point of this recognition. Veterans in America get very tangible benefits like free healthcare and education etc. Something that ordinary Americans mostly don't get. In the UK, we have the NHS and adult education isn't a difficulty if you want to further your qualifications to get a better job etc. I signed up for the discount scheme run by the MOD quite some time ago and when I checked out some of the stuff that it would be nice to get a decent discount on such as Apple products, there was usually a better deal elsewhere to be had.

This seems to be more of an attempt by the government to portray themselves as the party that looks after the military and the ex service people community. In other words, a vote catching attempt more than anything else which is sodding cheeky given that the armed forces are pretty much being decimated.

I take your point about how long should you serve for. However, I served for six and a half years. The first two years was as a boy soldier at Shornecliffe. I was paid by the army and I was subject to military discipline and Queens Regulations. It was two years of often intense infantry training learning about tactics, communications, fieldcraft skills and all the weapons used by the infantry receiving instruction on them until I was skilled in handling them and lots of live firing to make me a half decent marksman.

It was however boy service, not adult service. Should that service be included or not?

I did four and a half years in my battalion. I left prematurely because I got married. I did serve three operational tours in Northern Ireland in 1973, 1974/75 and in 1977 and a further operational tour in Cyprus with UNICYP. That was in 1976 when things were still quite stuffy between the two opposing sides and we were stuck in the middle keeping them apart.

The time between tours wasn't an idle period either. We were always busy doing something. A trip to Guyana is a memorable one and we also did a stint of public duties at the Royal Palace etc. The Salisbury Plains, Sennybridge, Otterburn and Stanford in Norfolk were all familiar places during those years.

So although I'm not impressed with this "recognition" for veterans, I am curious about whether my service would be a worthy enough qualification? :)
 
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