Time to grab...
... an RFID blocking wallet!
*NB* I don't work for ThinkGeek. In fact, i'm not even American. I just think it's fitting.
New York drivers will have the option, from June next year, of paying an additional $30 to have an RFID tag embedded in their driving licence, allowing them to cross nearby borders without recourse to a passport. The additional tag offers much the same functionality as the US Passport Card, though it's limited to borders with …
"an RFID tag embedded in their driving licence, allowing them to cross nearby borders without recourse to a passport."
Well if that isnt evidence of the North American Commmunity coming into effect then I dont know what is.
They have already got NAFTA, which is basically their version of the EEC back in the day where governments pretended they gave a damn about the publics opinion.
Give it a few years and North America will have the same crap we have to put up with in the EU.
Shame no one votes this stuff in.
*\. Handing out NAC jackets, because your all NAC slackies now. - Welcome to hell.
If the kind overlords at both of these large and complicated bureaucracies really wanted denizens of the Empire-state to buy in they should make the license "custom". Ideally an image in an acceptable range including sports teams, big waterfalls, puppies, stuff like that then at least people would fell they were getting something for the spend.
Well, the number will cause a picture to pop up on the agent's screen (this could even be automated picture match) of the reputed license holder.
For a bit more cash, the buyer could get a 'vanity' number: when they go through, the wall screen (paid for with their dollars!) will light up with puppies, or save the whales, or some steroid toking "athlete" or some such. Of course the agent still gets the mug of the license holder.
Now that banks have imploded in NY and the gov is losing all that tax revenue, they need every dime they can get. Vanity RFID numbers... surprised EZPass hasn't tried it.
But then again in New Yonkers City only one in 12 adults actually have a drivers license thus that it is no biggie for them as everyone just PT's it on the 24/7/365 transport system .
Further if you have driven in Yonkersville , you will understand why the solid Russian built T92 tank is required just to survive in peak hour traffic as your fellow motorists are true terrorists in every sense of the word possible .
But in the land of the paranoid ever bankrupt free enterprise and alleged only democracy in this world of ours ????? , the user has to pay for everything kitchen sink inclusive , for it would not be free enterprise if it were not !
Thats what? £30?
Why can't our government do something similar? Why do I need a 40 page, £80, full blown passport to travel to EU countries? Why not a cut down (and more importantly, cut price) version like this for "nearby" EU borders like France, Belgium and The Netherlands? It's not like I'm going to get a Visa stamp for going to Disneyland. Better still.... why not join Schengen, and I can save £80 and not bother renewing my passport at all.
But then why did they issue use with credit card sized driving licenses, only to tell us it should be kept with the big paper version at all times?
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