Brexit: ‘British driving license might be no longer valid in EU’
In case of a Brexit without an agreement with the EU, the British might see their driving license become invalid on the Continent and need to get an international one. It’s one of the consequences London is warning its people for in a second technical list of 29 issues the UK will have to deal with.
The list treats various issues from the return of roaming costs for British citizens for mobile phones used within the EU, upon the emission standards, but the validity of the driving license is one that catches the eye.
The Brexit ministry warns that all citizens traveling to the EU would need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) that is valid for at least six months ahead in all EU countries. There is even a chance some would need to take a new driving exam to get it.
Seven million international permits
According to a National Audit Office report in July, an estimated 100.000 up to 7 million IDPs will have to be issued (at 5,5 pounds or 6,1 euro) the first year after a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. 11.600 truck drivers will be affected in their daily work immediately.
“Ratifying the Vienna Convention will guarantee that UK driving licenses will be accepted throughout the EU when held with the relevant supporting International Driving Permit”, the Daily Express writes.
Two different IDPs
However, British drivers may have to obtain one of two different types of IDPs, depending on the destination country, in order to drive in the EU on business or on holiday. “In fact, in some circumstances, such as driving into France and then Spain, drivers will need two separate IDPs as Spain, Eire, Malta and Cyprus have not ratified the 1968 Vienna Convention.”
On the other hand, EU citizens living in the UK or traveling through the country will be allowed to drive with their national driving license. British living on the Continent would have to pass local driving exams for certain, to get a local or international driving license.