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Brexit, driving inside the EU, and how to avoid getting prosecuted

18 Feb 2019


 With Brexit looming large on the horizon, one of the topics which has been up for debate is what will happen if you wish to drive in am EU country and what do you do if you are an ex-pat cabbie living in an EU country.    


Now the following advice is given under the assumption that the UK crashes out of the European Union without a deal in place.


The Government guidance  for driving in the EU is fairly straightforward, you will be required to purchase and carry an International Driving Permit, which will only be available from one of the 2500 post offices across the UK.  


This will entitle you to drive anywhere in the EU and EEA and costs £5.50 for a year. 


If you are an ex-pat a new set of problems arise, because if you do not exchange your driving license to your country of residence, you may be subject to a driving test in your country of residence. 


If you are still registered in the UK and are spending part of the time in an EU country, there shouldn't be a problem, you could still use an IDP, providing of course you are complying with any given EU country's residency legislation. 


Last August TaxiPoint gave an in-depth report on what to do if you are a cabbie living abroad.


In reality the rules will not be much different to the rules which apply to countries that are outside of the EU. The only real complication could come between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, where it is anybody's guess at the moment as to what may happen in relation to crossing the bo

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