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States warn of post-Brexit changes to EU driving

States warn of post-Brexit changes to EU driving

Thursday 14 March 2019

States warn of post-Brexit changes to EU driving

If you are planning to drive in Europe you should be aware of some post-Brexit changes.

Driver and Vehicle Licensing is warning drivers of a number of changes that will come into place this month, as a result of the 'Vienna Convention' being adopted locally.

From 29 March, anyone planning to drive in the EU or EEA  will need an International Driving Permit, which should be carried with a valid domestic issued driving licence.

In most cases drivers will need a 1968 'Vienna Convention' IDP, but a different type will be needed if you are travelling through Spain, Cyprus, Malta, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Although this might change depending on the UK's withdrawal agreement, the States are advising travellers to get the right documents before driving abroad to avoid any problems.

You can do that by visiting the Driver Vehicle Licensing Office at Bulwer Avenue or downloading a form on, and each IDP will cost £13.

An IDP will not be needed to drive in the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Jersey or the Isle of Man.

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Pictured: Post-Brexit changes will affect anyone planning to drive in Europe from 29 March.

Trailer registration will also change for drivers travelling in Europe and beyond, excluding the UK and Jersey, from 29 March. All 'commercial use' trailers with a maximum gross weight of more than 750kg must be registered, as well as any trailers with a maximum gross weight of more than 3,500kg.

Registered trailers will be given a Vehicle Registration Certificate which should be carried when the trailer is being towed abroad, along with a registration number which should be displayed.

You can have a look at the States of Guernsey's Public Advice Notice for more information.

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