Brexit is sending shockwaves across the UK and the latest fallout from the deal could impact British motorists.
Driving in the EU may become extremely expensive for expat motorists currently living in the EU to remain on the roads legally.
The costs of driving in the EU after the 29th March have been looked into after 20 per cent of Britons were planning on, or considering, driving in one or more EU countries at some point in the next year.
Collectively, the cost of International Driving Permits which British motorists will be required to buy to drive in EU countries could cost as much a £36 billion.
Police issued more than 1,400 fines for illegal parking during the past week to drivers who were found on spots reserved for the disabled, and on sidewalks.
During a campaign aiming to sensitise drivers on the impact of their carelessness to the disabled, police issued 1,471 fines; 310 concerned parking on spots reserved for the disabled, 333 for parking on sidewalks and 317 for parking on a double yellow line.
“People with disabilities live among us and must be fully respected, as well as facilitated by all of us,” the police said in a statement.
The campaign, they said, was aimed at sensitising drivers and combat the phenomenon of parking vehicles in spots reserved for the disabled, but also parking vehicles in such a way that they were an obstacle in general to other road users.
“During the campaign, particular emphasis was placed on the offence of illegal parking, which becomes more intense in urban centres and poses serious problems in particular to the movement of people with disabilities,” the police said.
Drivers ought to realise that the parking spaces for people with disabilities are meant to be used exclusively by those they are reserved for and not anyone else, they added.
TThe Department of Transport (DfT) published two documents outlining the bureaucracy facing drivers planning holidays or living abroad if Theresa May’s Brexit deal is rejected this evening.
The DfT said if no agreement is reached with Brussels, anyone with a UK driving licence may need to purchase an International Driving Permit (IDP) for £5.50 from the Post Office if they want to drive within in the EU after March 29.
But it warned a no-deal Brexit could pose a much bigger headache for many of the 1.3million Britons living within the EU. They will not be able to apply for an IDP.
Instead they will have to exchange their British licence for a local one before the UK leaves the EU if they want to be able to continue driving there.
The DfT warned that ‘increased demand may lead to longer processing times and delays to exchanging driving licences the closer it is to March 29, 2019’.
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