Driving Tests

Department for Transport written question – answered on 5th March 2020.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government plans to introduce mandatory driving tests for US personnel coming to work on US bases before being permitted to drive on UK roads.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

US Department of Defense (DoD) military and civilian personnel stationed at US military bases in the UK, and who are subject to the NATO Status of Forces Agreement, are permitted to drive on their domestic licenses. However, the US DoD requires its military and civilian personnel, and their dependents, to pass a DVLA written driving test before permitting their staff to drive in the UK. US diplomatic staff, to whom the NATO Status of Forces Agreement does not apply, can apply to the DVLA for a Diplomatic Driving Permit without taking any further tests but, in the interim, may drive in the UK on their domestic licenses for a period of up to one year.

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