Driving in Europe
*** Update 24th December 2020: A Brexit deal has been struck, but the details are still being examined. Check https://www.gov.uk/transition for the latest information. ***
If you're planning on driving in Europe, we are pleased to help. At the time of writing (December 2020) the future rules surrounding driving in Europe on a UK Driving Licence are still being negotiated by HM Government.
During the transition period, which expires at the end of 2020, the usual rules will apply. UK citizens must check and stay up to date with the latest advice, and plan accordingly.
Dependent upon any deal struck, from 1st January 2021 you may need:
- an International Driving Permit (iDP) to drive in the EU. You can buy one over the counter at the Post Office - details via this link
- to display a GB sticker on the rear of your vehicle - GB 'EU' number plates will no longer be valid.
Don't forget that if you're travelling on business to the EU after 31st December 2020, even just to attend a meeting, you may need a visa issued by each country you are travelling to / through.
We need to know in advance if you're planning to take our hire vehicle abroad. This is to ensure we equip you with the correct documentation such as a Vehicle on Hire Certificate (VE103B). Without correct documentation, you could be arrested and / or the hire vehicle could be seized at your unlimited liability. If you're travelling under our insurance cover we'll also need to furnish you with a Green Card and confirm details of breakdown cover with you. Once everything is in place, we'll authorise your hire vehicle in our systems for travel in the agreed countries.