Ted Colley, Surrey Now
Published: Friday, December 21, 2007
The U.S. congress has approved a further delay in implementing the “passport-only” rule for travellers entering that country by land.
New York Democrat Louise Slaughter wrote the measure into a $516-billion omnibus spending bill passed by congress on Tuesday that delays implementation until June 1, 2009 at the earliest. It also requires the completion of a pilot project looking at alternative forms of identification.
That, said Conservative MP Russ Hiebert, will allow enough time for the development of enhanced driver’s licences as an alternative to passports…
B.C. is considering using radio frequency identification technology (RFID) in the new licences. They would carry a device that would transmit citizenship data to readers installed at the border.
RFID is already being used in passports issued by some countries and to pay highway tolls and transit fares. The technology is also used by companies, Wal-Mart being one, for inventory control.