26 September 2023

Drivers’ licence app gets licence to drive

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has signed a contract with Thales Australia & New Zealand to deliver a digital licence app for all the State’s drivers by next year.

The announcement follows a successful trial of the app on the Fraser Coast in 2020.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey said Thales would now finalise the development and delivery of the app, which would be rolled out across the State in 2023.

“Queensland is modernising its approach to licensing,” Mr Bailey said.

“The Fraser Coast trial was a resounding success, with users reporting a 94 per cent satisfaction rating during the testing,” he said.

“What we’re doing here is creating a modern, innovative solution that adopts international best practice and has the privacy of data front of mind.”

Mr Bailey said the next stage of the rollout would see the app trialled in the Townsville region later this year.

“The app is being upgraded based on feedback from the Fraser Coast pilot, as well as adding new functionality and options to make sure we are meeting the needs of the people who use it,” he said.

“It’s exciting for Townsville to be the first major town to trial this new technology, covering a larger area and more diverse population than previous testing.”

Mr Bailey said the app would comply with an international standard, which meant Queenslanders would be able to use it around Australia and overseas.

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