The Department for Transport has warned that International Driving Permits may be needed in a no-deal Brexit situation
13 September 2018

UK driving licences may be invalid across the EU from March 2019 if no Brexit deal is reached, the Government has warned.

A document released by the Department for Transport (DfT) states that your driving licence could "no longer be valid by itself when driving in the EU” and that an International Driving Permit (IDP) might be required at all times.

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Currently, less than 100 Post Offices in the UK sell IDPs, but that figure could increase to 2,500 from 1 February 2019. Further warnings from the DfT include the possibility of not being able to exchange your licence for a domestic one if you move to an EU country. 

Conversely, people holding EU driving licences would still be allowed to drive in the UK without requiring any additional paperwork. “The UK does not require visiting motorists… to hold a separate IDP to guarantee the recognition of their driving licence,” the DfT said.

The document admits that a no-deal Brexit is an unlikely scenario “given the mutual interests of the UK and the EU in securing a negotiated outcome” but says that millions of motorists need to be aware of the potential new rules as a precaution.

AA president Edmund King said the need for an IDP would be "an extra burden for UK drivers wanting to take a holiday abroad”. He also claims the organisation is “disappointed that from the end of January next year, the AA will no longer be permitted to issue IDPs, as we have done for decades”. 

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13 September 2018

Yet again, this is something which will almost certainly be a non-issue in the future that's being used to manufacture attention grabbing and depressive headlines. We have a bigger hand in negotiations than anyone seems to think, business confidence is high despite these doom and gloom predictions.

We'll be fine. 

13 September 2018

Please Autocar, not another Brexit scare story. At this rate you’ll soon have the preppers running for their bug out shelters!

13 September 2018

They cost the princely sum of £5.50, not exactly going to break the bank now is it, and if they become a requirement, I suspect they will become available to apply for online, just like just about everything else is these days. 

13 September 2018

It’s no upside all downside when it comes to Brexit.

At least this is a fairly minor issue - unlike the likelihood of large scale job losses.

13 September 2018
scrap wrote:

It’s no upside all downside when it comes to Brexit.

At least this is a fairly minor issue - unlike the likelihood of large scale job losses.

The treasury stated that if we voted to leave, there would be a loss of 500k jobs and the country e=would enter recession and Cameron said we would start WW3, so far no recession, unemployment is at record lows, and we are not at war.. 

Next.. 

14 September 2018
Citytiger wrote:

scrap wrote:

It’s no upside all downside when it comes to Brexit.

At least this is a fairly minor issue - unlike the likelihood of large scale job losses.

The treasury stated that if we voted to leave, there would be a loss of 500k jobs and the country e=would enter recession and Cameron said we would start WW3, so far no recession, unemployment is at record lows, and we are not at war.. 

Next.. 

 

as we haven't left yet, you haven't seen the issues.  this affects all lorry drivers and its doubtful the EU will flout laws to ignore british lorry drivers without a IDP, if they did then under WTO rules they'd have to flout them for all other countries in the WTO - that is of course if they can get through the port in the first place.  don't forget "no deal" means ALL agreements we have with the EU stop, if you still say it won;t matter then you do not understand the issue.

14 September 2018
Rtfazeberdee wrote:

Citytiger wrote:

scrap wrote:

It’s no upside all downside when it comes to Brexit.

At least this is a fairly minor issue - unlike the likelihood of large scale job losses.

The treasury stated that if we voted to leave, there would be a loss of 500k jobs and the country e=would enter recession and Cameron said we would start WW3, so far no recession, unemployment is at record lows, and we are not at war.. 

Next.. 

as we haven't left yet, you haven't seen the issues.  ......

Like falling unemployment since voting to leave? Still against that we going to have a war, famine, violence on the streets and house prices dropping 30%

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

13 September 2018
scrap wrote:

It’s no upside all downside when it comes to Brexit.

At least this is a fairly minor issue - unlike the likelihood of large scale job losses.

 

You are joking. Right??

13 September 2018
scrap wrote:

It’s no upside all downside when it comes to Brexit.

At least this is a fairly minor issue - unlike the likelihood of large scale job losses.

u are so out of touch with reality that it beggars belief

14 September 2018
scrap wrote:

It’s no upside all downside when it comes to Brexit.

Correct

At least this is a fairly minor issue - unlike the likelihood of large scale job losses.

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Depends if all the lorry drivers can get an IDP in time, providing they can get through the port legally and in time.

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