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Brexit could invalidate your UK driving license as Brit drivers face extra charges in EU

Motorists with a UK driving license could soon be forced to pay extra after Brexit.

A report from Auto Express has highlighted that, once the UK leaves the EU, British licenses could become invalid in Europe.

This is due to the fact that “all current EU law-based rights, obligations and benefits cease” if the UK leaves.

Once Brexit becomes a reality it could mean any drivers travelling outside of the UK may be forced to buy an International Driving Permit (IDP).

An IDP currently costs £5.50 and needs to be obtained from a Post Office, or applying by post.

To make matters worse, this permit is only valid for one year meaning UK motorists would need to renew every 12 months plus you can’t apply more than three months before you travel.

The warning comes after presentation slides from the European Commission were spotted with the title “Consequences of the UK becoming a third country in the road transport sector.”

It states it could mean the “end of mutual recognition of driving licences, vehicle registration documents and certificates of professional competence for drivers”.

Speaking about the possible new rules a spokesman for the Department for Transport told Auto Express: “Our aim is to reach an agreement with the EU for mutual licence recognition after Brexit.

“Such a deal is in the interests of both sides and we remain confident of reaching such an agreement.

“However, it is only sensible that we put contingency measures in place for all scenarios.

“Ratifying the Vienna Convention [which the UK abides by but has not ratified] will guarantee that UK driving licences will be acceptable throughout the EU when held with the relevant supporting International Driving Permit.”

Fears have previously been raised due to the UK driving licence having a blue EU symbol in the top left corner and what this could mean when the country leaves next year.

Currently, the pink UK driving licence allowed Britons to drive freely within the EU and European Economic Area (EEA).

A British driving licence currently costs £34 when applying online or £43 by post, when receiving a provisional licence.

This then changes for free to a full driving licence upon passing the driving test, although lost passports cost an additional £20.


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