Driving in Europe after Brexit
Are you planning on driving in Europe this year? Well, when the UK is set to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, you may need to do some extra preparation in order to drive abroad. However, don’t let this put you off. Here’s everything you need to know to prepare for your trip.
Requirements for UK citizens driving abroad from 29 March 2019
The impact of the UK leaving the EU will depend on whether a deal is made and if so, what the deal is. However, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal then UK drivers might need to have an international driving permit (IDP) as well as a UK driving licence. An IDP costs £5.50 each to purchase and can be bought from most Post Office branches.
Types of IDPs
There are three types of IDPs and the one you require depends on where you are travelling to. These IDPs are:
- 1949 IDP – You might need this IDP to travel to Ireland, Malta, Spain or Cyprus.
- 1968 IDP - You might need this IDP to travel to all other EU states.
- 1926 IDP – Although this IDP isn’t needed in any EU state, it is needed for driving in Mexico or Somalia.
Click here for further information regarding IDPs on the government website.
Vehicle Insurance for Driving Abroad
If we have a no-deal Brexit, then drivers driving their vehicle or even a hire vehicle abroad will need to carry a motor insurance Green Card with them. This will act as proof of third-party motor insurance cover. Consult your insurance company prior to travelling so you can ensure you have valid motor insurance cover and the correct documentation to drive abroad. You should be able to get this motor insurance Green Card from your vehicle insurance provider.
Moving to an EU Country Post-Brexit
If you’re planning on moving to an EU country post-Brexit, then your driving licence is another factor to consider. After exit day, depending on which EU country you move to and their laws, you could be required to take a new driving test in order to drive in that country.
If you’re still unsure about the requirements for driving abroad from 29 March 2019, you can visit the Gov.uk website for more information. This is important information to be aware of and drivers driving abroad should check they have the correct documentation before setting off.