DVLA issues urgent warning to drivers over new rule change for summer holidays

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Anyone planning to drive while on holidays this summer should be aware of guidelines -Credit:Tetra images RF/Getty Images

New regulations surrounding summer holidays have been highlighted by the DVLA, after updating its guidelines two weeks ago.

The agency took to social media to remind drivers about the rule changes that took effect on April 1 and this year's holiday-goers intending to drive abroad need to take heed of these.

The supplier of international driving permits (IDPs), which allow Brits to take their wheels abroad, changed at the start of the month. From this date onwards, IDPs will only be obtainable from specific PayPoint outlets dotted around the UK.

Posting to Twitter on Monday, the DVLA said: "Travelling abroad this summer and planning to drive? Don’t forget, how you get an international driving permit has changed! Since 1 April 2024, IDPs are exclusively available from participating PayPoint stores across the UK."

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The rules on International Driving Permits (IDPS) have been updated -Credit:No credit

Most well-trafficked foreign locations typically do not necessitate an IDP, reports Bristol Live. However, over 140 countries including Turkey, Mexico, Canada and Australia recommend or require an IDP for motorists planning to drive during their stay.

Three versions of the IDP are available, so make sure to find out which one you'll need, depending on your holiday destination - GOV. UK can provide this information.

A spokesperson for motor specialists Swansway Motor Group said: "This move is designed to streamline the process, but it's crucial for drivers to be aware of these changes and plan accordingly to ensure they remain compliant with international driving laws.

"With the implementation of new IDP distribution through selected PayPoint stores, it's essential for drivers to understand the specifics of these changes. Not every country requires an International Driving Permit, but for over 140 countries that do, including key destinations like Turkey, Mexico, Canada, and Australia, being prepared with the correct type of IDP is crucial for lawful and hassle-free driving.

"The transition to PayPoint stores for the issuance of IDPs represents a significant shift in how British and Northern Irish drivers are accustomed to preparing for international travel. Drivers need to be proactive in identifying whether their destination requires an IDP and, if so, which type.

"There are three different types of IDPs, and the required one depends on the country you're visiting. This change emphasises the importance of pre-travel research and preparation.

"As of April 1, 2024, the DVLA requires that anyone seeking an International Driving Permit must visit a participating PayPoint location, equipped with their full valid photo-card licence, a standard passport photograph, and possibly a valid passport if they have an older paper version licence. This new procedure is a departure from the past and underscores the need for drivers to be thoroughly prepared before heading to their PayPoint location.

"The recent changes announced by the DVLA are more than procedural; they are about ensuring that drivers have easy access to the necessary permits for safe and legal driving abroad. While the move to PayPoint outlets for IDP distribution is a significant change, it is also a reminder of the importance of staying informed about driving regulations, both domestically and internationally.

"As drivers adapt to this new system, they should remain vigilant about the requirements and ensure they are fully compliant before traveling."

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