Brexit and Driving In Europe - An Update From Leasing Options05 January 2021
The UK-EU trade agreement was signed over the festive period and came in to force at 2300 GMT on New Year’s Eve. But, what does that mean for vehicle imports and exports?
The good news is that trade agreement ensures zero tariffs and quotas on the import and export of trade goods. Consumers can order a European vehicle, safe n the knowledge that tariffs will not be applied at the port.
The UK Government has delayed customs checks on products entering the UK for six months to help with the flow of goods in the interim period, whilst full checks are being carried out on the EU side. At the time of writing there are no notable delays on vehicles entering the UK which have been manufactured in the EU. The flow of components and parts for UK manufacturing of vehicles has also not been affected by time delays, in the first few days of the new trading relationship.
As part of the trade agreement, when driving in Europe you do not need require a International Driving Permit (IDP) to visit and drive in the EU, Switzerland, Iceland or Liechtenstein.
You should check your driving licence before travelling, as you will need to get an IDP if you have the older style paper licence, or if it was issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man.
If you visit the Republic of Ireland, you do not need an IDP if you have a UK driving licence.
When taking your vehicle in to the EU for fewer than 12 months, you’ll need to carry one of the following: the vehicle log book (V5C) or a VE103 which shows you’re allowed to use a hired /leased vehicle abroad.
If your vehicle has number plates with no GB logo, the national flag of England, Scotland or Wales or any Euro symbol, you’ll have to place a GB sticker on the rear of your vehicle. GB stickers aren’t needed in the Republic of Ireland.
If your number plates include a GB identifier and the Union flag, you do not need to display a GB Sticker. Whilst traveling in Spain, Cyprus and Malta you must display a GB Sticker.
A green card is needed as proof of motor insurance – but they no longer need to be printed on green paper! You can print them yourself now, though you must carry a physical copy: electronic versions are not acceptable.
If your policy expires and a new one commences whilst you’re away, you must carry both green cards, and in some countries you need one for the trailer or caravan. Fleet or multi vehicle insurance needs a green card for each vehicle and must be carried in the vehicle.