Brexit seems to be the topic of conversation daily in the UK right now with the 29th March deadline looming before we exit the European Union.
With this, there naturally has come some uncertainty for people to know whether they’ll be able to do certain things in the future. We’re hoping to simplify the complex and give you a simple answer to whether you can drive in the EU after Brexit.
As the news is mainly dominated on what seems to be the chaotic negotiations between Westminster and Brussels, there is still a lot of gaps of information reported to be agreed or not agreed.
So, can I drive in the EU?
According to Ageas, if you have a motor vehicle insurance policy that allows you to drive within the EU right now, this will remain unchanged and completely fine until the clock strikes 12 on 29th March 2019.
If you’re planning to drive in the EU after this, including trips which may start before but end after the deadline the picture isn’t quite as clear.
What’s a Green Card?
Drivers should be prepared to have a Green Card when driving aboard after this date, which is essentially your EU driving certificate. This will act as your pass to prove you are suitably insured. It’s vital to make sure you carry a physical copy of this when travelling as having a digital version won’t be accepted currently.
Having a Green Card should not affect your premium unless, in having the card issued, you change your type or level of cover. On top of this you may be charged an administration fee.
Do I need to apply for a Green Card now?
It’s worth contacting your insurer when finding out more information as they should be able to offer the correct guidance and advise on what your best options will be.
Currently, the process of issuing these cards are still being developed. The process of issuing Green Cards for driving in the EU is currently being developed.
Can I drive using my UK driving license?
Without beating around the bush – No you can’t. After 29th March when driving in the EU, you may need to have an International Driving Permit (IDP) in some countries.
Two different types of IDP are required by EU countries, each are each governed by a separate United Nations convention.
The Post Office are able to offer IDPs which cost around £5.50.
An important thing to have in mind is to remember to take your UK driving license with you whenever you’re travelling – something which the majority of us do anyway. You will need this as well as the relevant IDP.
It’s worth checking out the full requirements online here on the Department for Transport website.
Please Note: This is BC’s interpretation of information obtained from the various sources stated and should only be used as a guide. BC do not accept responsibility for misinterpretation of the information provided and you should therefore seek specific advice from your insurers and government websites in order to verify your own personal circumstances.