5 Changes to EU Driving Laws in 2022

Written by Grant Ellis on 24th February 2022

Now that Covid is becoming part of everyday life and we’re finding new freedoms again, you may be considering a trip to Europe in your Motorhome or Caravan. Before you hit the road, it is worth doing some research into EU driving law changes that have occurred in 2021, particularly for UK drivers as a result of Brexit.  Here are 5 changes that we think are important:

  1. Since 28 Sept 2021, motorists need a UK sticker instead of a GB sticker when driving in the EU or anywhere abroad (except Ireland).  This applies unless your number plate has a union jack (the union flag) on it.
  2. If you only have a paper driving licence (not a photocard) then you will need to apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP) which can be purchased at the Post Office. You need to take your driving licence with you to the EU.
  3. On 30 June 2021, the European Commission announced that UK motorists would no longer need to show a Green Card when entering the EU to prove they had insurance. As a result, your normal insurance documents should now be sufficient, but it might be wise to check what cover you have with your insurer.
  4. You will need to carry your V5C log book with you, if you own the car. If it is a car you have hired or leased, then you will need to get a VE103 form to show you have permission to take it out of the UK.
  5. Are you going to be towing a trailer into the EU? You must register commercial trailers over 750kg gross weight and all trailers over 3,500kg gross weight before towing them through some European countries. For more information, visit the Government website.

These 5 driving law changes may not incorporate all driving law changes, so before you take your trip, please do your research.

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