Will you purchase an international driving permit?

More than half a million permits which may be required to drive abroad after Brexit have been bought since February, according to Government figures.

During the past five months, 584,000 International Driving Permits (IDPs) have been issued at a cost of £5.50 each, transport minister Michael Ellis revealed in an answer to a written parliamentary question.

That means the total amount spent exceeds £3.2 million.

International Driving Permits issued to UK motorists

The RAC described the demand as “truly astonishing” and urged the Government to ensure post offices are ready for a “sudden surge” ahead of the latest Brexit deadline of October 31.

Driving licences issued by European Union states are valid for trips within the European Economic Area (EEA), which is the EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

UK motorists may require IDPs to drive in the EEA in the event of a no-deal Brexit, leading many holidaymakers and business travellers to purchase the documents.

IDPs were previously available from the AA and the RAC through the post, at the AA shop at the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone and at 89 Post Office branches. Collectively around 100,000 were issued each year.

But since February, they have only been sold at about 2,500 Post Office branches.

In March and April there were reports of long queues due to the high demand, with 282,000 and 163,000 applications respectively.

A recent report by the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee called for the permits to be made available online, saying it is “unsatisfactory” to require motorists to visit a post office.

It added that the inconvenience and additional cost of the permits “should not be underestimated”.

RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said: “It’s truly astonishing that more than half a million International Driving Permits have been issued since the Government took the service in-house.

“In one month alone, the number of IDPs issued was almost three times higher than the amount normally issued in an entire year.

“This shows that people who were planning to take their vehicles abroad most definitely heeded warnings about being ready to drive in the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit. During the spring this led to long queues and even shortages of IDPs at some post offices.

“As we head towards the next Brexit deadline of 31 October 2019, it is vital that post offices are set up to cope with a sudden surge in IDP requests so that drivers are not confronted with frustrating pre-holiday delays.

“However, much of this will be dependent on the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU.”

Will you prepare for Brexit by purchasing an international driving permit? Or do you think it’s unnecessary? Share your views at Speakers Corner.

Will you purchase an international driving permit just to be safe?

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10th Sep 2019
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Scarring us again just like Yellowhammer.....the govt needs to look at the worst case scenario. Exactly the same when assessing something for safety! How daft our remain mps are if they believe their own propaganda. And the answer to the question is NO.
23rd Aug 2019
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We don't know if we will need one or not the question being we MAY need one scaremongering again
23rd Aug 2019
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Ive never had an IDP and dont intend to buy one either. IDPs are for people travelling to a country that does not use the same alphabet as ourselves. I think this is just scaremongering and another case of moneymaking. Ive driven thousands of miles in the 19 visits Ive made to the USA, never had to have an IDP there either.
29th Jul 2019
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Now I have read this-yes!
26th Jul 2019
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Dont ever intend to drive abroad !!!
26th Jul 2019
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Should be able to be applied for online.
23rd Jul 2019
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I don’t drive abroad so no I won’t
21st Jul 2019
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I have never had one but driven abroad for many years. Yes I will get one if we have a no deal Brexit-I will have to!
19th Jul 2019
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Doesn't seem to be an issue to me.

I've always taken an International Licence with me when driving outside the UK. It was an absolute must when entering the old Soviet states of Czech and Poland just after the Wall came down.

East Germany was a similar case. They were meticulous about paperwork. The slightest infringement resulted in being banged up until someone official vouched for you (usually for 200 Marlborough cigarettes!)

Even with an International Licence crossing from East Germany into Czech in 1991 at Rozvadov first the Germans wouldn't let me out then the Czechs wouldn't let me in. A $10 bill can work wonders.
18th Jul 2019
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Not knowing what will happen regarding Brexit I think to have an international licence might be a good idea until we know wether it will be required or not.
18th Jul 2019
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I have used International driving licences in the past, it is a simple application. Not a problem for me.

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