Tuesday, 28 June 2022 – 19:08

Brexit could mean driver permits for EU travel

Leaving the European Union without a divorce deal could lead to an increase in mobile phone roaming charges, upset data sharing and force motorists to get an international licence to drive on the continent, the government said on Thursday. 

Recent signals from Brussels have suggested that the UK and EU can agree and approve a proper divorce agreement before the UK leaves on March 29. However, it is estimated that one fifth of the detail is yet to be agreed with both sides divided on some issues. 

One of the remaining issues is regarding driving licenses with fears that Lorry drivers and holidaymakers may be forced to obtain permits for different countries. 

The latest batch of Whitehall planning papers revealed that lorry drivers and holiday makers could be forced to obtain permits similar to those already used to drive in some states in the US or Japan. 

Experts who relocate abroad after the UK leaves the EU may also be forced to re-sit their driving tests as the UK licence would no longer be recognised. 

The advice from the Department from Transport (DfT) said: “Your driving licence may no longer be valid by itself when driving in the EU.”

Mutual recognition of driving licences between the UK and the EU would end if there is ‘no deal’. 

Anyone without the £5.50 permit could face fines or be turned away if they try to cross a border in Europe. International driving permits (IDP) will be available from February next year, prompting warnings over a rush on post officers from drivers. 

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