Largest driving license: world record set in Dubai (VIDEO)
DUBAI, UAE -- Sharjah Police has created a giant driving license which is an original copy of the driving licence of the police chief; created from the same material as the original, it measures 1.94 metres in length and 2.94 metres in width, with total area measuring 5.7 square metres, thus setting the new world record for the Longest driving license, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Sharjah Police has set a new world record for creating the first ever and the largest driving license. Photo: Wam (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records world record for the Oldest driver - ever (male) was set by two male drivers who were issued with new driving licenses at age 104: Fred Hale Sr (USA) (b. 1 December 1890 d.19 November 2004) was issued with a driving license in February 1995 at age 104, and drove until it expired on his 108th birthday in 1998. He became the oldest living man in the world and died aged 113 years 354 days. Layne Hall (USA), whose date of birth is uncertain (b. 24/25 December 1884 or 15 March 1880) was issued with a New York State license on 15 June 1989, when he was either 104 (according to his death certificate) or 109 (according to his driving license). It was valid until his birthday in 1993, but he died on 20 November 1990.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the driving to the highest altitude by car; it is 6,688 m (21,942 ft) achieved by Gonzalo Bravo and Eduardo Canales (both Chile) with a 1986 modified Suzuki Samurai on the slopes of the Ojos Del Salado volcano, Atacama, Chile on 21 April 2007.
The initiative aims to raise awareness on the importance of the driving licence.
Brig Al Shamsi said the first and most important purpose of the driver licence is to notify law enforcement personnel that you have obtained your licence and are legally allowed to operate a motor vehicle, The Gulf News reports.
"Possessing a driving licence will not just be official proof, it would give the holder a sense of pride that he is a qualified driver. To own a licence, one should prepare to abide by the rules as well as pass practical tests."