Final Appeal before my money goes down the gurgled

Discussion in 'Motorhome Insurance General Discussion' started by ponyboy, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. ponyboy

    ponyboy Read Only Funster

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    Aussie motorhome owner here again - just a few days till i have to fork over 1200 quid for my insurance with DownUnder. Posting just this last once in case ANYONE knows of a UK insurance company that will insure Aussies who don't have British License.
    Cheers
     
  2. ukbill

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    not sure if they do but try comfort check their website
    good luck
     
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    Exchange licence

    Not sure if this is possible but might be worth a shot:

    As a 'designated country', Australian driving licence holders are allowed to exchange their licence for a UK one without the need for any test.

    Full details can be found here: Exchanging your foreign driving licence : Directgov - Motoring

    However, do note that it also states: "you must be normally resident in GB and have a permanent address here", and that you would have to surrender your Australian licence which would then be returned to the authorities there by the DVLA.
     
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    And heres me thinking it was just us Brits the insurance companies ripped off. Its obviously an international scam :Doh:
     
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    Go to DVLA and download this doc

    INF38 Driving in Great Britain (GB) as a visitor or a new resident - PDF Document (628 Kb)
    This leaflet explains the current rules affecting foreign driving licence holders who visit or come to live in Great Britain.

    http://www.dft.gov.uk/dvla/forms.aspx
    Countries we have agreements with for exchanging licences (designated countries)
    You can exchange a valid driving licence from any of the following countries:
    Australia, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland and Zimbabwe.
     
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    Could you put an additional driver, friend or family (British) on the policy.

    It's amazing how that can change (reduce) the premiums.

    Of course you would still be the main principal driver......:Smile:
     
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    Would an International Driving Permit help ?, not expensive and available through various organisations including the AA,

    :thumb::drink:
     
  8. jollyrodger

    jollyrodger Funster Life Member

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    Believe you can also get permit at Main Post Offices cost a £5

    and you could try 2Gether Insurance
    http://www.2getherinsurance.com/



    :helpsos:
     
  9. Addie

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    An international driving licence is meaningless - its just your standard licence translated into different licences so it can be read by the authorities in different countries.

    Have you tried Herts Insurance? They do a policy similar to Down Under: https://www.hertsinsurance.com/walkabout.php

    Some blogger friends of ours had similar problems:
    http://technomadics.net/2009/07/12/on-motorhome-insurance/

    Australia has a reciprocal arrangement with the UK which means the process of obtaining a british licence is very simple. You just need to have a "permant address" in the UK (a friend or family member?).

    This leaflet here should tell you everything you need to know:
    www.dft.gov.uk/dvla/~/media/pdf/leaflets/INF38.ashx

    Another link to a website here: https://www.gov.uk/exchange-a-foreign-driving-licence

    After which you should be able to get a standard UK insurance policy, just declare that you have held your UK licence for "less than a year". Presumably your UK registered motorhome is registered at an address in the UK anyway.
     
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  10. pappajohn

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    £1200 is extortionate...but sounds about right considering the circumstances.

    No UK residence

    No UK driving record

    No UK driving licence

    No NCB (no claim bonus)

    so 100% premium.

    most of us here will have 65% to 70% no claim discount bringing the premium down to around £300/£400.

    it sucks really as when we visited my bro in law in Melbourne, and used his car, his insurers said 'No worries mate...as long as he has a full UK licence then he's already covered and no extra charge'
     
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