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New regulations for driver's licenses - change affects all drivers in 2023


Important changes are planned for driving licenses in 2023. All motorists will be affected by the new regulations. But learner drivers in particular have a harder time.

Important changes are planned for driving licenses in 2023.

All motorists will be affected by the new regulations.

But learner drivers in particular have a harder time.

For motorists, there will not only be changes in 2023 that will result in fines and penalties, as

has reported.

There are also new regulations for all driver's licenses - and they ensure an enormous expansion of the driver's license.

This means that the driver's license is not only an issue for drivers who are still affected by the exchange period in January, but the European Union (EU) wants to launch a special directive this year that will then make changes to the car driver's license and would result in the driver's license test for novice drivers.

Fourth driver's license guideline is to come - that will change for drivers

The "Allgemeine Deutscher Automobil-Club" (ADAC) writes about the planned changes for the driver's license that the EU is currently

"fundamentally revising the currently valid 3rd driver's license directive"


According to the report, however, so that the innovations can also come into force in Germany, they must first be "transposed into national law".


General German Automobile Club (ADAC)


May 24, 1903, Stuttgart


21,231,584 (end of 2021)



The 4th driver's license directive is essentially about increasing the permissible total weight that you are allowed to move, about the recognition of a certain category of driver's license abroad, about the digitization of the driver's license document and, among other things, about the recognition of the withdrawal of the driver's license abroad.

Move more tons with your car driver's license thanks to new driver's licenses

There should be more freedom for the normal class B driver's license in 2023.

So far, drivers who obtained their driving license after January 1, 1999, are allowed to drive vehicles with a maximum permissible weight of 3.5 tons with class B vehicles.

The new guideline now significantly expands the permissible weight.

So far, it has usually been difficult to get a mobile home that corresponds to the registered weight class.

In the future, all category B license holders would be allowed to drive vehicles weighing up to 4.25 tonnes.

Extended driving license for light motorcycles is valid throughout the EU

In addition, according to the "ADAC", the B196 driving license should also be recognized abroad.

If you extend your car driver's license to this class, you can drive light motorcycles up to 125 ccm.

However, so far only in Germany.

With the change, this would also be possible across the EU.

And the driver's license is to become digital.

According to the report, the aim should be that the corresponding app on the smartphone is sufficient in the event of a police check or when renting a car.

It goes on to say:

"A QR code is also being considered for the driver's license check card instead of the current chip to make it more forgery-proof"


Changes in driving practice: the road to the driver's license test becomes more difficult

Learner drivers would have to adapt enormously to the changes.

Although it should also be easier

to "complete the theoretical and practical driving test in different member states of the European Union"

, the path to practical training could become more difficult.

The 4th directive would stipulate that the theory must first be passed in order to be allowed to get into a car.

In addition,

"the driving test could at least partially be taken in simulators in the future


Following the recommendation of numerous road safety experts, new drivers would have to complete a so-called refresher course after one year.

This should help reduce the number of accidents.

Driving bans in Europe are to become uniform

It should also become more uniform in Europe for drivers whose driving license has been revoked.

According to the "ADAC" report, this means:

"A driving ban imposed in Italy would then also apply in Germany"


And: uniform limit values ​​for alcohol and drug consumption are to be introduced.

To this end, the point systems in the various countries are to be aligned and

“the driving license data

of all EU citizens are stored in a pan-European database”


Overview of the planned changes for the driving license 2023

  • Drive 4.25 tons with a class B driving license in the future

  • Recognition of B196 also abroad

  • Digital driving license and QR code

  • Learner drivers in the future first theory and then practice

  • Driving license withdrawal: EU-wide recognition

  • Truck and Bus class (C, D): Lower minimum age to 18

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Volkmar Heinz

Source: merkur

All life articles on 2023-03-29

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