Your UK driving licence could ‘become invalid’ in the EU after Brexit and Brits who want to drive through Europe could be forced to pay for a new permit.
The European Commission recently claimed the UK’s departure from the EU could see the end of the ‘mutual recognition’ that currently exists for driving licences.
The Commission said it was likely British licences would not be valid overseas from next year, as they recommended ‘EU law-based rights and benefits should cease’.
The alternative option would be to recognise UK driving licences, but charge British citizens to pay out more money if they want to drive on the continent.
An International Driving Permit (IDP) would be needed to allow people from the UK to drive in the EU for up to 12 months.
The IDP is recognised by the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic and acts as temporary proof of driving ability for travellers.
A spokesman for the Department for Transport told Auto Express:
Our aim is to reach an agreement with the EU for mutual licence recognition after Brexit.
Such a deal is in the interests of both sides and we remain confident of reaching such an agreement.
However, it is only sensible that we put contingency measures in place for all scenarios.
Ratifying the Vienna Convention (which the UK abides by but has not ratified) will guarantee that UK driving licences will be acceptable throughout the EU when held with the relevant supporting International Driving Permit.
The pass is available for £5.50 and is available from Post Offices and motoring organisations like the AA.
IDPs need to be applied for within three months of travelling abroad, and they aren’t a legally recognised document on their own.