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.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?
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.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.
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. Any excuse to rake in a few €€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.
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.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
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-to-drive-in-the-eu-after-brexit?fbclid=IwAR18wEU0foRw3L2s1t6Ug-HH4L-1usa0fMW4AnyFQbVq8Oc14JmrdxfQbFk#eu-drivers-visiting-or-living-in-the-uk-after-eu-exitI 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.
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,Interesting
Road traffic accidents in the EU
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,