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Drivers urged to prepare now for driving abroad

Drivers looking to take a vehicle abroad this year are being urged to start planning now for the documentation they’ll need.

Gerry Keaney, chief executive of the BVRLA

Gerry Keaney, chief executive of the BVRLA

The call comes from the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), which is highlighting latest Government guidance on International Driving Permits and Green Cards.

The new guidance has been issued as part of the Government’s no-deal-Brexit preparations and outlines that International Driving Permits (IDP) are now only available from Post Office branches; previous officially delegated organisations included the RAC and the AA. Depending upon the outcome of EU-Exit negotiations, UK citizens may need to carry an IDP as well as their UK driving licence when driving on the continent..

BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said: “We must do all we can to protect drivers from inadvertently falling foul of the rules, by making sure that they are kept well-informed about what documentation is required when taking a vehicle abroad.”

The BVRLA is also reminding drivers of leased and rented vehicles of their obligation to get a VE103 certificate from their hire or lease company before taking their vehicle overseas.

Keaney added: “It is essential documentation that our members provide customers with to prove that they have permission to drive the vehicle. Without it, they can be subject to delays at the border, or in the worst instance, have their vehicle impounded.”

Drivers can find out more about the VE103 on the BVRLA website and should also visit the DVLA or Gov.uk websites to check the latest guidance on documents required when driving abroad.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.