Driving abroad? Warning!
Are you planning on going abroad this year and driving while you're there? Well, there's something you need to know - after 8th June, you'll need to take a special code with you if you want to hire a car.
This is all to do with the computerisation of the paper counterpart of UK driving licences. Now, if you want to hire a motor when overseas, you'll officially need a code to show convictions for offences like speeding.
You'll have to go to the DVLA website for all that.
Get this - the code will only be valid for 72 hours, so if you're planning on hiring a car after three days of your trip, you'll have to get a code while you're on holiday. If you don't have internet access, there'll be a phone number you can ring. All sounds like a bit of a faff, doesn't it?
Concerning the paper bit of your driving licence, the DVLA is saying you can shred it and bin it after 8th June. However, the AA aren't so sure about that. They clearly don't trust a word the DVLA says. It would be wise to hang on to that document, in case some hire companies aren't aware of the new arrangement.
"Not all car rental companies, or indeed traffic police abroad, will be aware of the changes, so a 'belt and braces' approach of also taking the counterpart might help," said AA president Edmund King.