Prepare for driving in the EU post Brexit…

We are getting closer to the expected date for leaving the EU, although Brexit does not look like it will be completed on the original deadline of the 29th of March 2019, it is still expected to happen at some point in the near future.

So, with all of this in mind what do you need to know regarding driving in the EU post Brexit? Well there are a number of important things to remember, The Department for Transport has recently published an updated guidance for operators of commercial vehicles within the United Kingdom ready for when we leave, this guidance applies to companies or drivers that commute within the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).

If the UK does leave the EU without a deal in place then all drivers may be required to have an International Driving Permit (IDP) and extra documentation in order to enter the EU. If you are a UK license holder that lives in the EU then you should exchange your UK license for a local EU driving license, if you do not then you may have to take a driving test in your country of residence in order to continue driving legally there. You will also be able to drive on this EU license when visiting the United Kingdom, you will also be able to exchange this back for a UK license if you ever return to live within the UK and passed your original test in the UK.

Once Brexit has been completed you will be required to display a clear GB sticker on your vehicle when driving in the EU, this distinguishes UK registered vehicles when they operate outside of the UK. Furthermore, it is advised that all drivers carry a Green Card evidencing their motor insurance when driving abroad. There are some countries that do not require a Green Card to drive a UK registered vehicle within their country, but this may change once Brexit has been completed meaning drivers of UK registered vehicles within the EU will always need to present a Green Card.

There are lots of different areas to consider while running a single or fleet of vehicles, a checklist with the different areas may help you to ensure that vehicles remain compliant and you do not miss anything. You can find a full and more detailed list of things to consider about your vehicle post Brexit here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-to-drive-in-the-eu-after-brexit#eu-drivers-visiting-or-living-in-the-uk-after-eu-exit

It is important to remember that some of these requirements may change depending on the outcome of Brexit and the EU exit negotiations. However, you will be able to stay up to date with any changes that may occur on the GOV website.

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