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    Driving Regulations in the U.K.

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    I want to drive in the UK. Do I need a driver's license?

    Driving Regulations in the U.K.

    http://www.usembassy.org.uk/cons_web...driving-uk.htm

    Read about Road Safety in the United Kingdom & Gibraltar

    http://www.usembassy.org.uk/cons_web/acs/uk/traffic.htm


    License Requirements for American License Holders in Great Britain
    The British Department of Transport, Vehicle and Licensing Agency in Swansea, SA1 1TU, Telephone 01792-772151, has provided the Embassy with the following information concerning the use of American driving licenses in Great Britain:

    A United States citizen who normally resides in the United States and is visiting or temporarily residing in the United Kingdom, may drive by virtue of his/her valid American license for a period of one year from the date of his/her last entry visa. After this period has expired, he/she must be in possession of a British license.

    A United States citizen residing in the United Kingdom may drive by virtue of his/her valid American license for a period of one year. After this period has expired, he/she must be in possession of a British license.

    A United States citizen who does not possess a British license after the one year’s "period of grace" has expired, must obtain a British Provisional license, display "L" learner plates and drive with a qualified British driving license holder at all times until such time as he/she passes the British driving test.

    Since there is a delay of several months between applying for a British test and actually taking it, all United States citizens who intend staying in the United Kingdom for more than one year are urged to make an application for a British test as soon as possible after their arrival here. Information and forms (D-1) may be obtained from any Post Office, Traffic Area Office, Vehicle Registration Office or DVLA.

    An International Driving Permit can be used as a substitute for an American driving license for up to one year only. According to the Traffic Legislation Department of the Police, this provision is made under the International Circulation Order - which means that in order for the license to have been issued, a full and current driving license had to have been produced to acquire it.

    A lost or expired American license can be replaced only by the state that issued it. Contact your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles for details.
    Driving License Requirements for American License Holders
    This information is intended for tourists in Western Europe. Regulations may differ for persons working or residing abroad. Further information is available from the appropriate Embassy, Consulate or Tourist Authority.

    United States citizens can obtain an International Driving Permit by completing an application form available from the Embassy. Completed forms are then sent to the American Automobile Association, 1000 AAA Drive, Mail Stop 28, Heathrow, FL 32746, telephone (407)444-4240.

    * = telephone number for the embassy/consulate in London

    AUSTRIA
    Tel: 020-7235-3731* International Driving Permit not mandatory but recommended for car rental purposes

    BELGIUM
    Tel: 020-7470-3733* International Driving Permit not required

    DENMARK
    Tel: 020-7333-0200* International Driving Permit not required

    FRANCE International Driving Permit is required. U.S. license accepted if accompanied by French translation and photograph, certified at the French Consulate General, 21 Cromwell Road, London SW7. Call 020-7210-1000 for further details

    GERMANY International Driving Permit is required. U.S. license accepted if accompanied by a German translation, certified at the German Embassy, 23 Belgrave Square, London SW1. Call 020-7824-1300 for further details

    GREECE
    Tel: 020-7229-3850* International Driving Permit is required

    ITALY
    Tel: 020-7312-2200* International Driving Permit is required

    REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
    Tel: 020-7235-2171* International Driving Permit not required

    NETHERLANDS
    Tel: 020-7590-3200* International Driving Permit not required

    NORWAY
    Tel: 020-7591-5500* International Driving Permit not required

    PORTUGAL
    Tel: 020-7235-5331* International Driving Permit not required

    SPAIN
    Tel: 020-7589-8989* International Driving Permit is required

    SWEDEN
    Tel: 020-7724-2101* International Driving Permit not required

    SWITZERLAND
    Tel: 020-7616-6000* International Driving Permit not required

    UNITED KINGDOM
    Tel: 0990-500-600 (AA) International Driving Permit not required

    Last Updated: 09/04/2001 11:25

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    UK driver's license, registering a car, and importing a car

    How to get a UK driver's license.
    Registering a vehicle.
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    Importing an American Car Into The UK

    http://www.americanexpats.co.uk/driving.htm

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    Importing a car into the UK

    Can I bring my car into Britain?

    http://www.britainusa.com/faq/xq/asp...qx/showfaq.htm

    These notes provide guidelines and sources of information on the importation of automobiles (including motorised caravans) and motorcycles (including motor scooters and mopeds) into the United Kingdom from outside the European Community for private use. The following guidelines apply.

    Temporary importation of a motor vehicle
    Visitors may temporarily import their vehicles into the UK. Vehicles do not need to be registered in the UK if the following criteria are met:
    The vehicle will not be in the UK for more than six months.
    You hold a valid foreign registration permit.
    The vehicle displays a foreign registration plate bearing letters or numbers that can be identified in the UK.
    Regulations pertaining to insurance requirements, exemptions from customs and duty payments, as well as further information on the registering and licensing of vehicles in the United Kingdom can be found on the following internet site:

    HM Customs and Excise
    Customs Booklet 3: Bringing Your Belongings and Private Vehicle to the United Kingdom from Outside the European Community.

    An informative, unofficial guide to the temporary importation of a motor vehicle may be found on the following web site:
    www.effingpot.com/import


    Permanent importation of a Motor Vehicle
    The following internet sites provide comprehensive information on the permanent importation of vehicles into the UK:
    Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
    How to Import A Vehicle Permanently into Great Britain. (This publication explains the procedures for importing, licensing, and registering vehicles purchased outside Great Britain).

    Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
    Frequently Asked Question: How do I import my vehicle into Great Britain?

    Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
    Vehicles—Import and Export


    General Guidelines for importing a motor vehicle
    Most USA and Canadian design and construction standards will be accepted as being equivalent to Single Vehicle Approval standards. There are, however, two important exceptions in addition to the above left hand traffic requirements.
    Most North American cars follow a different convention for the colour of their external lights. Front side lights, and all turning indicators are likely to require modification - including the addition of front side repeater turn indicators.
    There are no standards on external projections in North America. Beware of vehicles with features such as "bull bars", non-retracting mascots, and protruding exhaust pipes. Modifications Necessary for use in Britain.
    The following is general guidance on the most common problems you are likely to encounter. It is not exhaustive and you should always seek the manufacturer's advice in relation to individual models.

    Left hand Traffic

    If your vehicle is left hand drive, it will probably need to be modified or adjusted for use in left hand traffic. In particular:

    Headlamps will need to be replaced or adjusted to produce the required dipped beam for left-hand traffic. The alignment requirement must be met without the use of masks, beam converters or adapters unless they are an integral part of an approved headlamp.
    For vehicles first used on or after 1 April 1980, at least one rear fog light must be fitted on the centre-line or the offside of the vehicle.
    Rear view mirrors must give the required field of view for use in left hand traffic.
    Speedometer

    Great Britain uses English imperial (mph) as opposed to metric units (kph) for speed measurement. The law requires that speedometers must include a miles-per-hour display. Please note in particular that any modified display must be visible in daylight and in darkness.

    Emissions

    Vehicles must meet European emissions standards. Please note that petrol-fuelled cars manufactured after August 1992 are required to meet standards that can currently only be achieved by a catalytic converter.

    Please note: the Department of Environment, Transport and Regions cannot advise on whether a particular vehicle is suitable for use in Britain. You should always consult the manufacturer or his agent for advice, especially about whether any modifications are necessary and whether they can be made. You should give the manufacturer as much information as possible about the origin of the vehicle so that he can give appropriate help. Ideally, this should include the Vehicle Identification Number - usually 17 characters - stamped on the chassis.

    If you are importing or buying a vehicle which has not been type-approved - e.g., one built for a non-European market such as Japan or North America - you are advised to check (before purchasing) with the person or company supplying it that the warranty, servicing arrangements, availability of spare parts, product liability and recall arrangements satisfy your needs. You are also advised to check that your vehicle insurance is valid in such circumstances. This applies in particular to vehicles which have been subject to Single Vehicle Approval (SVA) and imports from outside the European Union, which are unlikely to have been type-approved.

    Further information is available at:
    www.roads.detr.gov.uk/vehicle/sva/index.htm

    Customs Duty and Tax
    Motor vehicles imported into the United Kingdom are normally liable to Customs duty and Value Added Tax (VAT). Customs duty is 10% for automobiles and between 6% and 8% for motorised caravans, motorcycles, motor scooters and mopeds. The VAT rate on all goods is 17.5%. Detailed information on customs regulations, as well as specific criteria for receiving exemptions from Customs and VAT payments, is available from:
    HM Customs and Excise
    Customs Booklet 3: Bringing Your Belongings and Private Vehicle to the United Kingdom from Outside the European Community.

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