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.
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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