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What is the merit in carrying a driver licence when operating a vehicle?

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What is the merit in carrying a driver licence when operating a vehicle?

Using Ontario as an example:
Ontario Highway Traffic Act wrote:As to carrying licences and surrender on demand
33. (1) Every driver of a motor vehicle or street car shall carry his or her licence with him or her at all times while he or she is in charge of a motor vehicle or street car and shall surrender the licence for reasonable inspection upon the demand of a police officer or officer appointed for carrying out the provisions of this Act. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 33 (1).
I can see the need for a police officer to identify you and to make sure you are permitted to operate the vehicle. However, couldn't all of this be done using an electronic database instead of having to physically carry the card around? I know at least one country where they stopped ticketing people for not carrying their driver licenses as long as they disclosed their national identification numbers which allowed the police to look up their licencing and identification information on their computers.

Do you think this alternative solution could be applicable to Canada?
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Aznsilvrboy wrote: Using Ontario as an example:



I can see the need for a police officer to identify you and to make sure you are permitted to operate the vehicle. However, couldn't all of this be done using an electronic database instead of having to physically carry the card around? I know at least one country where they stopped ticketing people for not carrying their driver licenses as long as they disclosed their national identification numbers which allowed the police to look up their licencing and identification information on their computers.

Do you think this alternative solution could be applicable to Canada?
What happens during an accident?
I can see too many dishonest folks giving out fake info and the non at fault driver can't verify.
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vkizzle wrote: What happens during an accident?
I can see too many dishonest folks giving out fake info and the non at fault driver can't verify.
+1. How hard is it to carry a card in your wallet? You carry your credit cards. Plus to have this type of identification system will cost the taxpayers.
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Iris scans :facepalm: Carrying a DL is OK for me!
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vkizzle wrote: What happens during an accident?
I can see too many dishonest folks giving out fake info and the non at fault driver can't verify.
What they do in the other country is always call the police and officers from the traffic unit will come to verify identities, collect evidence and statements from the parties involved.
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Aznsilvrboy wrote: Call the police?
Not every accident warrants a police presence.
Fender fenders and the likes are done via exchange of information of both drivers and everybody on there way in 15min or so.
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I don't even carry my driver's license, I just leave it in the car. If I know I need I'll take it with me.

Over thinking this too much.
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Another ancient archaic law pre-digital age
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the merit is to verify who you say you are. Your face is on your dl and confirms your identification. There's no other way of doing it other than mobile terminals but not every pc has one.
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bembol wrote: I don't even carry my driver's license, I just leave it in the car. If I know I need I'll take it with me.

Over thinking this too much.
not an advisable habit ...

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