International Driving Permits

Department for Transport written question – answered on 9th January 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Kennedy of Cradley Baroness Kennedy of Cradley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many International Driving Permits were in issued in (1) 2015, and (2) 2016.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

International Driving Permits (IDPs) in the formats specified in the 1949 Geneva Convention and the 1926 Paris Convention which the UK is party to are currently issued under the authority of the Secretary of State by the AA and the RAC. The Department for Transport does not hold or collect year-on-year figures for IDP issuance, but understands that approximately 110,000 IDPs were issued in 2016 with almost 100,000 of these being issued via Post Office counters under a contract with the AA.

These figures cover both convention formats. The vast majority of IDPs are issued in the 1949 Convention format, as the 1926 Convention only currently applies in three countries.

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