Driving: Licensing

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 11 March 2019.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussion he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) his Irish counterpart on establishing a bi-lateral arrangement on the recognition of driving licences between the to countries in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Secretary of State for Transport

Like the UK, Ireland does not require visitors to hold an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in Ireland, as long as they have their domestic driving licence. This continued recognition for visitors means that UK motorists visiting Ireland after exit day, including those crossing the border for work, will not have to purchase an IDP, irrespective of whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal.

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