Post-Brexit rules for entering the EU from the UK will mean that an additional license is needed to bring a van or large car trailer across the border to the block.
From May 2022, an International Freight Vehicle Driver’s License will be required for UK-based van drivers.
The rule will only apply to those who transport goods for commercial purposes in a van or trailer with a permissible mass greater than 2,500 kg (2.5 tonnes) and up to 3,500 kg (3, 5 tons).
It will cost drivers Â£ 401 to apply for the Freight Operator’s License and an additional Â£ 257 to receive it.
The license will also need to be renewed every five years at an additional cost of Â£ 401.
Brexit already requires Britons living in the EU to exchange their UK driving license for one of their country of residence.
The UK government has been forced to inform UK expats that they will no longer be able to renew their licenses in the UK and that they should ‘consider exchanging your UK driving license for an EU license’.
But as driving licenses were not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement guaranteeing citizens’ rights, this resulted in a mix of different rules and exchange deadlines in each EU country.
Earlier this week, the British Embassy in Madrid confirmed that Spanish authorities have extended the validity period of British driving licenses – for the third time.
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The talks on a license swap are due “to conclude as soon as possible” but are “not there yet”.
The UK Embassy in Madrid wrote in a Facebook post: âWe are delighted to inform you that the Spanish government has today confirmed the extension of the grace period during which you can drive in Spain with a UK license. valid until the end of February 2022.. “
This is the last extension Spain has granted to UK license holders since Britain officially left the European Union on January 1, 2021. At that time, this meant that their documents issued in the UK Uni were no longer recognized by the EU common framework.
But in another post-Brexit coup, the new two-month grace period does not apply to UK licensees who reside in Spain and have indicated their intention to trade more time to do so with the UK. Spanish traffic authority DGT, this deadline still being set at December 31, 2021.
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It does however apply to those who have not registered their intention to legally drive longer in Spain and potentially to pass their Spanish driving test as a guarantee.
The embassy headed by Hugh Elliott, UK ambassador to Spain, warned: âWe recognize that the extension is relatively short, and so it is important that – if it is imperative for you to drive – you consider all your options, which may include looking to take a driving test now. “
An update was also provided on the latest talks between UK and Spanish authorities, which the embassy hopes will be concluded “as soon as possible” but stressed that they were not there yet.
He writes: âAs you know, the UK government is committed to a long term deal with Spain so that residents can exchange their UK driving licenses without taking an exam.
âNegotiations are continuing and we are ready to conclude this agreement as soon as possible.
“But unfortunately we are not there yet.”
UK Ambassador to Spain Mr Elliott previously admitted in a video posted to Facebook that “many of you have also rightly pointed out that Spaniards residing in the UK can exchange their Spanish license for a British license without passing a practical test “.