What happens to hiring a car in Europe post Brexit?
We know it seems to feel like forever since the vote was confirmed in June 2016 and the referendum result meant that the UK would leave the European Union. Regardless of your views on the result it is sure the have some kind of impact on the future of European travel such as changes in passports, stricter controls at European borders or changes in the documents needed when hiring a car abroad.
Will there be any changes?
As the deadline draws ever closer we often have customers asking us what will happen to my car hire after Brexit. The real truth is there are many things that have not been discussed and planned for after the Brexit negotiations are complete and Britain leaves the EU and car hire is very low on the agenda for the people in charge.
What do the major car hire companies think?
Having talked to the major car hire companies worldwide it is certain that Brexit will not cause instant issues with your plans to rent a car, the decision to turn away anyone with a UK issued driving licence would be very damaging on the market and would cause huge disruption. They may however set a deadline whereby the UK licence would no longer be accepted without an International Driving Permit but this would be a very huge operation that would need many companies to agree a date to ensure that business was not lost to competitors who had no plans to change.
International driving permits
The only advice that we can give that would mean that you would not need to worry in the case of any of the above is to pre-empt the need for an international driver permit and apply for one via the DVLA which can be done via https://applydvladrivinglicence.co.uk/ at a cost of £5.
Check with the DVLA
It is common however that some drivers do not realise that their documents are no longer valid and have expired. We always advise to double check that your documents are up to date with the correct address of the driver listed as this can result in being issued points and a fine by the police. It can also stop you from being given your rental car on arrival. Also back in June 2015 the DVLA discontinued issuing the paper counterpart of the UK driver's licence and introduced a procedure whereby information about penalty points are shown via a code system obtained from the DVLA website using personal information such as NI number and Licence number. If drivers were never issued with a plastic card version of the licence and have a paper only licence then this will still be accepted however many mistake the paper counterpart as a valid alternative for a lost card type when it isn't.
What is the next step?
Once we are aware of any major changes to your car hire due to Brexit we will issue an immediate advice newsletter and ensure all information is updated on the Enjoy website, until then we have to wait and see what happens but following our initial advice could reduce the worry about what happens next.
FAQs about driving in Europe post Brexit
How will Brexit affect car hire in Europe?
Many things that have not been discussed and planned for after the Brexit negotiations are complete and Britain leaves the EU and car hire is very low on the agenda for the people in charge.
Will I need a new driving licence post Brexit?
You will not need to change your UK driving licence. It is not yet known what arrangements will be made with the EU for British drivers in Europe.
Will I need a new passport after Brexit?
It is not yet known what passport arrangements will be made between Britain and the EU post Brexit.
Will I need a visa for travelling to Europe post Brexit?
It is not yet known what visa arrangements (if any) will be made between Britain and the EU post Brexit.
Will I still be able to hire a car in Europe post Brexit?
Yes you will still be able to hire a car, it is unlikely that anything will change in this respect, however the long term outcomes of Brexit are not yet known.
What documents do I need to take when hiring a car in Europe?
You should always have your passport, the plastic card part of your driving licence and a credit card with you when hiring a car in Europe.