DVLA warns drivers not to forget huge rule change from earlier this month

New driving regulations were enforced this month
New driving regulations were enforced this month -Credit:PA

The DVLA has issued millions of UK motorists a warning after a major rule change just two weeks ago. The Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency has asked motorists planning to drive on foreign soil to familiarise themselves with new regulations, after a shift in permit law at the turn of April.

Drivers can now use PayPoint stores to get the necessary documents to drive abroad. In a post on X, the DVLA reminded motorists: "Travelling abroad this summer and planning to drive? Don't forget, how you get an international driving permit has changed!

"Since April 1, 2024, IDPs are exclusively available from participating PayPoint stores across the UK."

Birmingham Live reports that a representative from Swansea Motor Group, said: "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 travelling."

While numerous countries do not require an IDP, there are over 40 countries where one is recommended or required for driving, including Australia, Turkey, Mexico and Canada. Check the Government website to find out if you'll need one prior to travelling.

On its website, PayPoint says: "IDPs support a British or Northern Irish licence in countries where photographic proof of ID is needed, or where your licence alone may not be enough. There are 3 types of IDPs, and the right one for you depends on the country or countries you wish to drive in."