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Overview of driving licence and vehicle document requirements for the UK leaving the EU.

Following the UK’s scheduled departure from the European Union on 31st January, the country will enter a ‘transition period’ during which current rules and arrangements will continue to apply for the remainder of 2020.  However, any future requirements beyond 2020 will be dependent on the nature of any UK-EU trade deal.

The transition period is expected to end on 31st December 2020, it will be important to ensure the correct documentation is carried by UK residents driving in EU and EEA countries. For example, an International Drivers Permit (IDP) in addition to your UK driving licence may be required to drive in some EU and EEA countries. To check the country you or your customer is visiting the GOV.UK website provides a list or see further information below.

Where a  vehicle is hired or leased a Vehicle on Hire certificate (VE103), which is required today, will be even more important. Further information on the Vehicle on Hire certificate is available here.

All UK motorists travelling abroad in a vehicle must carry the original Vehicle Registration Document (V5). If your vehicle is leased from ecofleet  then we / one of  funding partners will hold the V5, which means you need a Vehicle on Hire Certificate (VE103), which is the recognised alternative to the V5 document. It also covers you whilst proceeding to, and returning from, the port of embarkation.

The VE103  is valid for 12 months from the date of  issue and will cover you for all your foreign travel within that 12 month period.Please contact your Fleet Manager prior to completing this form as there may be a small charge to you or your company for this service.

You must apply for your VE103 at least 14 working days before you travel.

As the asset owner of a rental, leased or fleet-managed vehicle you will want to know if your vehicle is going abroad so that you can ensure the vehicle is in-service and has the appropriate breakdown cover and repatriation arrangements in place. You will want to ensure also that your customer has the right documentation so that there is no delay or upset at the border. However, you will not want to give up the original vehicle registration documents to your customer. Photocopies of the V5C or letters of authority do not serve as acceptable substitutes.

Introduced in 1963 by the DVLA, the Vehicle on Hire Certificate provides the necessary authenticated proof the hirer has permission of the vehicle owner to take the vehicle abroad. It is the only document that is the legal alternative for the V5C.

An IDP is a document which when carried with a UK driving licence gives UK drivers authority to drive a motor vehicle outside of the UK, including EU countries.

UK drivers may also require an IDP to hire a vehicle abroad.

If you hold a UK driving licence you will not need an IDP to drive when visiting Ireland.

There are two types of IDP:

1. One type is governed by the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic

2. The second type is governed by the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic

The version of the IDP required will depend on the EU country being visited and which convention the country is party to. You can check which IDP you may need here.

2. The second type is governed by the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic

The version of the IDP required will depend on the EU country being visited and which convention the country is party to. You can check which IDP you may need here.

An IDP can be obtained over the counter at your local Post Office.

International driving permits will cost £5.50 and the driver must be a GB or Northern Ireland resident, have passed their driving test and be 18 or over.

You should carry your vehicle registration documents with you when driving abroad for less than 12 months. This can be:

or

  • VE103b to show you’re allowed to use your hired or leased vehicle abroad

More about taking a vehicle out of the UK for less than 12 months.

 

  • VE103b to show you’re allowed to use your hired or leased vehicle abroad

More about taking a vehicle out of the UK for less than 12 months.

Following the UK’s exit from the EU, it is recommended that you display a GB sticker on the rear of your vehicle, irrespective of whether you currently have a number plate which includes the GB identifier.

More about displaying national identifers.

The consequences will vary according to the country, the law enforcement agency and even the time of day in which the vehicle was stopped. The driver may be fined, and the vehicle can be impounded. Without a VE103 certificate you are vulnerable to a potentially major inconvenience.

Please note –  the VE103 does not guarantee that the country you are visiting will allow you to cross the border in the vehicle

From the 31 December 2020  you may need to exchange your UK driving licence for an EU driving licence issued from the EU country you will be living in. You may be required to take a new driving test in that country, subject to the laws of that country. To check the country you are moving to the GOV.UK website can provide advice.

Visitors with EU and EEA driving licences will not need an IDP to drive in the UK.

EU and EEA licence holders visiting or living in the UK can continue to drive on valid EU and EEA licences.

The UK Government has published a step by step guide to help individuals and businesses to understand what is required and what steps need to be taken when taking vehicles abroad.

Consumer information on taking a vehicle abroad.

Don’t risk going without a VE103 

Failure to provide the original VE103B document whilst abroad may result in either a fine or the vehicle being impounded. Photocopies and fax documents are frequently not accepted by foreign authorities.

Please request a VE103 Certificate by completing and sending the following form to ecofleet (For our managed fleets)

You must apply for your VE103 at least 14 working days before you travel.

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