The Government has warned that a no-deal Brexit could lead to British drivers being fined or turned back at borders because their licences are no longer valid. A technical guidance document reveals that motorists travelling to the continent might have to apply for special driving permits to support their licence or face “enforcement action” including being refused entry to a country or fined. At the moment, the UK driving licence is valid across Europe but the guidance states that: “After March 2019 if there’s no deal your driving licence may no longer be valid by itself when driving in the EU.” If the EU does not agree to recognise UK licences, motorists will need to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive on the continent. There are two IDPs depending on which road traffic convention a country ratified, meaning a driver travelling between different countries (France and Spain, for example) may need both types of IDP. IDPs cost £5.50 and are available over the counter at around 90 Post Offices or by mail order from two private companies. From next year, both kinds of permit will be available from 2,500 Post Office branches. Extra burden The Department for Transport… Read full this story
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