Your Driving licence after a Hard Brexit (1 Viewer)

Jim

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I've written a as I understand them. As ever when I write one of these articles feel free to question or put me right in this thread. Cheers.
 
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Thanks for the succinct update @Jim. One problem for a lot like us is : We left the UK in December before any mention of IDP’s, we are travelling back from Spain through France in our MotorHome to get a ferry from France. I could have applied for a Spanish one before end of January but didn’t have a cheque book here and AA/RAC would only accept cheques but I couldn’t get a French one by post so consequently have neither. I can’t see how we can get a permit to travel home if needed unless we leave the motorhome here, fly home, get the permits from a PO, fly back and then drive home. Other option is to go back to UK before 29th March but not considering that either at the minute. There will be many hundreds like us I am sure. Any answers?
 
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Be sure to check your IDP before leaving the post office, it is in tiny letters. We didn't can now seemingly ride a motorcycle, great news couldn't before;) John not to happy, has hidden his bike keys :ROFLMAO:

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Thanks for the succinct update @Jim. One problem for a lot like us is : We left the UK in December before any mention of IDP’s, we are travelling back from Spain through France in our MotorHome to get a ferry from France. I could have applied for a Spanish one before end of January but didn’t have a cheque book here and AA/RAC would only accept cheques but I couldn’t get a French one by post so consequently have neither. I can’t see how we can get a permit to travel home if needed unless we leave the motorhome here, fly home, get the permits from a PO, fly back and then drive home. Other option is to go back to UK before 29th March but not considering that either at the minute. There will be many hundreds like us I am sure. Any answers?

Personally I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. You have a great excuse as to why you don't have one, the chances of being stopped are slim. My only concern would be my insurance company and I'd probably drop them a line explaining the situation.
 

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I am sure there are as many EU nationals in the UK in the same position, I would think that a little common sense will prevail on both sides.
 
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To be honest I am not. I have come to the stage where I am trying to pretend nothing is happening and just going to play things as they arise. Yes common sense and truthful explanation. Just interested in what other thought who were in a similar position. Staying on a site in Spain at the moment, as you can imagine the rumours abounding are many and varied. Ignoring them seems the way forward until we have hard fact.
 
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I am sure there are as many EU nationals in the UK in the same position, I would think that a little common sense will prevail on both sides.
I don't think we insist on them here. So if you are johnny Foreigner and stopped here; the old bill are happy with seeing your original licences. A Spanish cop with a Brit abroad though...who knows.

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Government generosity at its usual best....

What do I need? How Much Will it Cost?
A single IDP will cost £5.50 Two will cost £11 etc
 
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I was stopped in early January in Benidorm by the police and the only thing he asked for was my driving licence, took it away for a few minutes then brought it back told me to go. It looked like they were only stopping UK cars.
 
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I was stopped in early January in Benidorm by the police and the only thing he asked for was my driving licence, took it away for a few minutes then brought it back told me to go. It looked like they were only stopping UK cars.
If there is a police force in Europe that will insist on seeing an IDP, who'd bet that it wouldn't be the Spanish.:D Any excuse to rake in a few €€

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Be sure to check your IDP before leaving the post office, it is in tiny letters. We didn't can now seemingly ride a motorcycle, great news couldn't before;) John not to happy, has hidden his bike keys :ROFLMAO:

That reminds me of the IDP that I got around 1994 when they were issued at the local AA shop. It wasn't until I got home that I noticed that the young lad behind the counter obviously didn't have a clue what to do because he had stamped every single box meaning that I could pretty much drive anything and everything.

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suavecarve

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@Jim is there a time limit on how long they last, or have i misinterpreted "You can post date your permit to start on any date up to three months in advance." as I cant see any other reason to post date the start date

Lucky enough to be able to post on a "B" thread !! (y)

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They last from 1 to 3 years, see the FAQs on the Post Office page linked to in Jim’s article (and above).
 
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Got mine today at the Post Office in Nottm,,,Soon to be taken over by W H Smith..Lucky as i got a young assistant who understood the system and i got the two i need..Asked her if she would be transferring to W H Smith..No she said,,min wage, no pension and min holidays..She said the recruited W H Smith staff would have 2 weeks training..Glad i got mine today..BUSBY,

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What about all the EU truck drivers ? Are they all going to apply in their home country in case they get sent to the UK ? Maybe park at Dover and phone the boss to post one over.
 

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From 29 March 2019, in the event that there is no EU Exit deal, UK residents involved in a road traffic accident in an EU or EEA country should not expect to be able to make a claim in respect of that accident via a UK-based Claims Representative or the UK Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).

Instead, UK residents involved in a road accident may need to bring a claim against either the driver or the insurer of the vehicle in the EU or EEA country where the accident happened. This may involve bringing the claim in the local language.

In the event of an accident in an EU or EEA country caused by an uninsured or an untraced driver, UK residents may not receive compensation if there is no EU Exit deal. This will vary from country to country.

If involved in a road traffic accident in an EU or EEA country before 29 March 2019, you may need to bring legal proceedings in the UK against either the insurer or the MIBbefore 29 March 2019. After 29 March 2019, you may need to bring legal proceedings against either the responsible driver or the insurer of the vehicle in the EU or EEA instead. If you need more information about this, you should seek legal advice.

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From 29 March 2019, in the event that there is no EU Exit deal, UK residents involved in a road traffic accident in an EU or EEA country should not expect to be able to make a claim in respect of that accident via a UK-based Claims Representative or the UK Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).

Instead, UK residents involved in a road accident may need to bring a claim against either the driver or the insurer of the vehicle in the EU or EEA country where the accident happened. This may involve bringing the claim in the local language.

In the event of an accident in an EU or EEA country caused by an uninsured or an untraced driver, UK residents may not receive compensation if there is no EU Exit deal. This will vary from country to country.

If involved in a road traffic accident in an EU or EEA country before 29 March 2019, you may need to bring legal proceedings in the UK against either the insurer or the MIBbefore 29 March 2019. After 29 March 2019, you may need to bring legal proceedings against either the responsible driver or the insurer of the vehicle in the EU or EEA instead. If you need more information about this, you should seek legal advice.
Would think that your LEGAL cover on your van insurance would cover this..When my van was written off in Germany my legal cover recovered my excess from the German involved.BUSBY,
 
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Thanks Jim. Very useful info. Like you say, for the sake of a few quid and trip to local PO, better be safe than sorry, particularly as we're planning to set off mid-late March, depending on availability of house sitter.

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Spanish plod and Spanish government state they know nothing about it anyway!

( this from the spanish traffic police FB Page)

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Far too many posts "This may ... that might .... you could have to" with respect, but this, in many circumstances only serves to worry or scare others. Good solid facts are what are required and they sadly in very short supply. The rest .... is simply gob wobbling.

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So I can drive in the USA, Canada, South Africa all with my UK licence but will need an IDP for France? I don't think so. Pre joining the EU we lived in Belgium, just had UK licence no IDP, why has this international agreement changed just because we are leaving the EU?

Mick
 

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@Jim, looking good, just seen your photo at the bottom though ... are you trying to scare people away from visiting Jasmin? :eek:

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