Driving lesson

British expats in Spain: Expats face driving nightmare following Brexit permit ban | Travel News | Travel

British Ambassador to Spain Hugh Elliott told expats on Facebook that he still could not give them a specific date when they could use their license. Britons residing in Spain have been banned from using UK licenses on the roads since May 1.

Elliott said: “We continue to work on it every day. I know what you want to know is exactly when you’ll be able to drive again and I still can’t give you a specific date I’m afraid.”

British expats with a British license must currently pass a driving test in Spanish if they want to get back on the road in Spain.

Expats were given the opportunity to swap their license for a Spanish license during the Brexit transition period, but some missed the deadline.

Elliott added: “The good news is that the UK and Spain are in agreement on the fundamental issues which have been problematic and we are now close to finalizing the actual text of the agreement.

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Another expat said: “And if it doesn’t happen by the end of July, does that mean somewhere in September?

“We all know that everything stops in Spain in August!”

However, some expats didn’t have much sympathy for those who couldn’t drive because of the problem.

One said: ‘We wouldn’t be in this situation if the idiots hadn’t voted Brexit, everything was up and running.

One expat said: ‘The problem is that people will now start driving, breaking the law with no choice of their own due to lack of medication etc.

“People need their cars in Spain.”

British tourists can still drive in Spain up to 90 days after Brexit if they are not resident in Spain.

Their car must display a UK sticker not a GB sticker and the GB stickers must be covered if on the car.