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Old Jan 23rd 2020, 9:11 am
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Originally Posted by Diddion View Post
But just make sure your UK licence does not expire or (Heaven forfend) you lose your licence, as that would mean a Portuguese driving test.
Exactly, especially as there seems to be a requirement to have at least 32hrs of lessons!!
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Old Jan 23rd 2020, 12:22 pm
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Exactly, especially as there seems to be a requirement to have at least 32hrs of lessons!!
Not sure whether 32 hours would be sufficient to achieve the Portuguese standards of driving.
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Old Jan 23rd 2020, 12:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Diddion View Post
Not sure whether 32 hours would be sufficient to achieve the Portuguese standards of driving.
Oh come on, it takes a lot of practice to ignore speed limits and tailgate..........
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Old Jan 23rd 2020, 1:09 pm
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Oh come on, it takes a lot of practice to ignore speed limits and tailgate..........
What about overtaking on bends; indicator mis and non-use, how to ignore white lines, and so-on? There is a lot to learn.
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Old Jan 23rd 2020, 1:10 pm
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what about overrtaking on bends; indicator mis and non use, how to ignore white lines, and so-on? There is alot to learn.
I thought that was for the advanced motorists.......
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Old Jan 23rd 2020, 1:12 pm
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I thought that was for the advanced motorists.......
Thanks for the clarification!
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It won't affect UK passport & licence holders because of the Brexit situation but FWIW the 90 days to exchange rule was changed on ot around the 15th of this month & people from non EU member states now have 2 years to exchange instead of just 90 days.
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I just read that UK licenses in Spain must be exchanged by Jan. 31st, so good to know that Portuga isn't imposing such a pointless rule.

@mfesharne what are the "Simplex changes" of which you write?
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I just read that UK licenses in Spain must be exchanged by Jan. 31st, so good to know that Portuga isn't imposing such a pointless rule.

@mfesharne what are the "Simplex changes" of which you write?
Simplex is an ongoing Govt program designed to simplily bureaucracy. https://www.simplex.gov.pt/
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Simplex is an ongoing Govt program designed to simplily bureaucracy. https://www.simplex.gov.pt/
That can only be a good thing.
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Old Jan 24th 2020, 5:38 am
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I can only assume it's Simplex but there are a number of good improvements happening in recent months.

Las year, they changed the rules for citizenship through marriage & that can now be claimed after 3 years instead of the former 5 & if a child together then no language test or proof of links to community/culture required & this year they're due to debate dropping the language test for some other citizenship application categories.
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Old Jan 24th 2020, 7:09 am
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Default Re: Exchanging UK driving licence for Portuguese

Originally Posted by Diddion View Post
But just make sure your UK licence does not expire or (Heaven forfend) you lose your licence, as that would mean a Portuguese driving test.
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Exactly, especially as there seems to be a requirement to have at least 32hrs of lessons!!
Sheer pedantry here but the lessons wouldn't be required in the case of an experienced driver with an expired or otherwise unexchangeable licence. Only learner drivers have to be submitted for the test by a driving school.
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Old Jan 24th 2020, 7:18 am
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...but I am right about the test, I believe?
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Old Jan 24th 2020, 7:52 am
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I took a driving test last week, driving a 5 ton agricultural tractor with trailer around town with the IMTT guy driving behind giving instructions through a walky talky.

It went ok.
I had to reverse the trailer around a corner and then straight back at a correct distance from the curb.

I think 95% of drivers here are just fine. Like everywhere I've ever driven [and that's quite a few places] there is a minority of reckless persons on the road.
I never drove in the UK, maybe there are no idiots there.
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yes of course there are idiots in the UK, but in my experience, no where near as many as there are in the Algarve.
Almost every day I end up with anxt when driving.
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